For many years, silver fillings were the option of choice for filling cavities. While they are strong, the silver look is aesthetically displeasing to many patients. Today, modern dental technology has provided composite fillings that are tooth colored. The color can be custom matched to the shade of your other natural teeth so that the filling is not noticeable. More and more patients are choosing to replace their old, silver fillings with the more pleasant-looking tooth colored fillings.
A mix of plastics is used that is called composite resin. It can be color matched to your smile, and the material is also able to bond directly to your teeth, unlike silver fillings. This means less of your tooth needs to be removed for it to be placed, which preserves more of your tooth’s natural structure and strength.
Under normal conditions, tooth colored fillings can last from 7-10 years. In order to maintain them, all you need to do is brush and floss regularly, as well as get routine checkups. Often, the reason a tooth-colored filling fails isn’t because of the filling material itself, but rather that the remaining tooth has started to decay again. With the proper oral hygiene, tooth-colored fillings have been shown to last much longer than this timeframe.
Usually, one or two cavities can be replaced during a single appointment. The procedure to get one is very similar to that of a silver filling. It will start with Dr. Baldwin removing the damaged portion of your tooth, and then he will apply the composite resin. After shaping it so that it blends with your smile and fits within your bite, he will harden the material using a curing light.
While each dental plan has its own coverage guidelines, many will pay for part of the tooth-colored filling procedure. If your insurance plan does not, we are able to work with most patients and provide financing. Please don’t let the financing keep you from improving your smile in such a dramatic way!
If you are interested in learning more about tooth-colored fillings and possibly replacing your silver fillings, please contact Dr. Baldwin’s office. Hundreds of Spring, Klein, Avonak, and Tomball residents have enjoyed the benefits of getting tooth-colored fillings at Dream Smile Team.