If you could have tooth colored fillings that matched the natural color of your teeth so perfectly that nobody could actually tell the difference, would you prefer them over metal?
In the past, teeth were filled by an amalgam of different metals, that were unsightly. Today, that trend is changing as more metal-free and natural looking fillings are becoming the preferred approach. Dentists are now using more tooth-like materials (porcelains and composite resins) that are both predictable and safe.
So, what are tooth colored fillings?
It is a way of restoring tooth damage by decay to its original shape and function. When a dentist gives you a tooth colored filling, first he/she removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the area affected and then fills the cavity with a feeling material.
The filing will help in closing off spaces where bacteria can enter and also prevent further tooth decay.
Why do you need tooth-colored fillings?
The bond provided by tooth colored fillings creates reinforcement for the tooth by creating 85%-95% of the strength it had initially.
Tooth colored fillings feel comfortable and smooth as soon as the procedure is over. This means that they feel just like your natural teeth.
The fillings come in different varieties of shades of white that can closely match the natural color of your teeth.
4. Thermal Sensitivity
This process leaves very minimal thermal sensitivity on the tooth due to its plastic base. This means that sensitivity to cold and hot beverages is only temporary or substantially diminished.
The tooth that has undergone the process can completely get back to work in soon after the procedure. This is because as opposed to other metals, tooth colored fillings hardens within seconds.
Ultimately, the best tooth colored filling is no tooth colored feeling at all. Prevention is always better than cure. You can decrease the risk of getting cavities and other dental diseases simply by flossing daily, brushing your teeth at least two times a day with fluoride toothpaste, eating a balanced diet and visiting the dentist regularly.
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