Tooth-colored fillings (sometimes called white or composite fillings) are fillings made of composite resins that are tinted to match your teeth. Traditional metal amalgam fillings can make you feel like practicing a tight-lipped grin, but tooth-colored fillings blend in so well with the surrounding tooth material that no one will be able to notice when you have it done.
The dentists at Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry use tooth-colored fillings in versatile ways, with the ultimate goal of restoring your healthy smile. They can change the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth to correct minor bite irregularities, as well as smooth out the appearance of your teeth.
The composite resins of tooth-colored fillings are more “liquid” compared to metal amalgam materials. Instead of being packed into the cleaned cavity area, they’re “flowed” onto the tooth in layers. Your dentist carefully and expertly shapes the resin so it matches the contours of your tooth for a perfect, comfortable fit.
Once the resin is in place, it’s hardened by a special light. Adjustments to the filling can be made by smoothing, shaping, and polishing to match surrounding teeth or to permit access for flossing.
Because these fillings chemically bond with your natural teeth, it’s not always necessary to use local anesthetic to place the fillings. This depends on how deep the damage or decay has progressed through existing tooth enamel.
You can expect more benefits from tooth-colored fillings beyond their appearance. Some studies suggest the bonding process used in the resin-filling application helps the tooth-filling material cling more effectively to the tooth contours. This prevents decay-causing bacteria from leaching below the filling – a problem that can occur with metal amalgam fillings. Plus, unlike metal amalgam fillings, tooth-colored resin fillings contain no mercury or other metals.
Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry offers state-of-the-art pain management techniques so you can stay comfortable and relaxed during your filling procedure. These include local anesthetics to completely numb your tooth prior to treatment, and oral sedatives to relieve anxiety.
At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, we accept all PPO insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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