Tooth Colored Fillings in Colorado Springs, CO

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Tooth Colored Fillings by Baptist Road Dental in Colorado Springs, COWhat to Know About Tooth-Colored Fillings

Over a person’s lifetime, it’s not uncommon for one or more cavities to develop and require our professional attention. Depending on the location and extent of the problem of the tooth needs to be addressed, some individuals may want to opt for tooth-colored fillings. A thorough evaluation will provide us with the information needed to determine if this approach is appropriate for each patient that we treat.

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

The material known as composite resins offer people a solution for cavity repair without noticeable results. Typically formed from powdered glass and plastic, the material offers aesthetic as well as practical benefits. While some other options, such as crowns, are silver in color, and, therefore, more noticeable, composite resin is more likely to blend in with the other teeth.  If a cavity is located at the front of the mouth, for example, a repair can be performed without disrupting the person’s natural smile.

What Are the Benefits?

Since the material bonds well with teeth, this means that chips can also be repaired with composite resin. Depending on each situation, it’s possible that less natural tooth will need to be removed in order to accommodate the filling. Some teeth may become worn down over time, and such fillings offer a way to build up a tooth in order to better support chewing. Final results generally hold up well to normal function and aren’t as susceptible to extreme temperature change or fracture.

What to Expect?

During the appointment, the composite resin material will be prepared and applied to the area of the tooth needing repair. The material must harden, so a special light is used to produce these effects. This can be a bit more time-consuming than alternate approaches. Additional layers are applied until we have enough to work with. Shaping and polishing the tooth-colored filling enhances the possibility that the results will look and feel natural as well as encourage the ability of the fillings to endure normal tooth function. Occasionally, the procedure may require more than one appointment, and some individuals may feel some sensitivity for a few days.

A thorough exam provides the patient with the opportunity to learn what the benefits are in regard to composite resin fillings. In some cases, for example, decay may be too extensive to benefit from such fillings. If it appears that this would be a preferred and recommended choice, however, then a tooth-colored filling is a practical way to achieve both cosmetic and functional results in one approach.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 719-445-0490.