Tooth Colored Fillings – Improving Your Oral Health AttractivelyFillings are needed when there is a cavity, or hole in a tooth due to tooth decay. This decay is usually caused by the breakdown of sugars in the mouth and by highly acidic food or drink. Traditionally, these cavities are cleaned properly and filled with “silver” amalgam fillings. These fillings are made of silver and mercury. With the availability of tooth colored bonded restoration many people are choosing mercury-free tooth colored fillings.
Tooth colored fillings are also more visually pleasing. They are tinted to match your natural teeth so they blend right in with your smile. This gives the appearance of a perfect smile instead of the contrast between your tooth and the dark silver amalgam filling. When you smile, talk, or eat, all others see is the beautiful white surfaces of your teeth. The material used for these types of fillings is made up of a composite of plastic and a filler such as silica. The formation process is complex and the ratio is different for filling materials used in the front of the mouth versus the back of the mouth because of the type of use the tooth gets.
In the front of the mouth, the fillings are designed to be shinier while in the back where the molars come together with more force, they are made stronger. Depending on wear and tear, tooth colored fillings, like silver amalgam fillings, may need to be replaced at some point. However, they do last many, many years. Dr. Peter F. Hazim can help you preserve your smile cosmetically and healthfully with these types of fillings. A non-invasive diagnostic system using lasers assists him is identifying tooth decay at the earliest point to stop decay in its tracks.
Then, right in his Allen, Texas office, he can thoroughly clean the area and apply the filling. Once the tooth is clean, and adhesive is applied. Next, the bonding material is formed into the cavity and shaped to the contours of the tooth. A special light takes a short amount of time to cure and harden the tooth colored fillings. Unlike silver amalgam fillings, you can eat on these right away. They feel like your natural tooth and are cared for in the same way.