Tooth-Colored Fillings - Cary, NC
Restore Your Teeth's Strength and Beauty
When you look in the mirror, are you tired of unesthetic metal fillings that show when you smile? You do not have to live with their dark appearance. Now, you can choose a natural-looking solution that will blend in seamlessly with your teeth for a flawless smile. With tooth-colored fillings, your dentist in Cary, Dr. Darren Koch, will repair your damaged or decayed teeth while improving their appearance.
What are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Metal fillings called amalgams have been used for over 100 years to treat damaged and decayed teeth. While they are affordable and effective, they are highly noticeable. Not to mention, they also contain mercury, which leaves many concerned about their safety. Now you have an alternative to the metal fillings of the past.
Tooth-colored fillings use a metal-free material called composite resin that can be customized to match the color of your enamel. As a result, it will blend in with your teeth while restoring your oral health. When compared to metal fillings, those that are tooth-colored remain strong and durable since they are chemically bonded to the teeth. In fact, it is estimated that they can restore a high percentage of your tooth’s original strength while lasting for many years before needing to be replaced.
How Do I Maintain Tooth-Colored Fillings?
To promote the longevity of your filling, it is best to remain proactive about your dental health. Practice proper brushing and flossing habits at home and visit your Cary dentist twice a year for a teeth cleaning and checkup.
To protect your filling from discoloration, it is best to limit its exposure to darkly pigmented foods and drinks, like coffee, tea, and red wine. Not only will you keep the filling white, but your teeth bright as well. While tooth-colored fillings are strong and durable, they are susceptible to breakage when chewing on very hard objects such as ice.
How Do I Get Started?
If you are ready to invest in your smile with tooth-colored fillings, you will first need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Koch. He will create a customized treatment plan to begin restoring your smile.
During your treatment, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area so you do not feel any discomfort while your tooth is prepared. Any areas of damage or decay will be removed. Then, an etchant is applied to lightly roughen the surface of your tooth. A primer and bonding agent is then used to allow the filling to adhere to the tooth. It will then be shaped to match the natural tooth anatomy and a special light will be used to quickly harden the filling. Finally, your bite will be checked, and your filling will be polished.
Invest in Your Smile Today
If you need a dental filling, benefit from an option that looks natural. Contact our office today to see if tooth-colored fillings are the right solution for you.