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Tooth-Colored Fillings – Hamden, CT

The Discreet Way to Treat Cavities

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For many years, dentists always turned to silver amalgam to fill cavities. The amalgam, a mix of mercury and other metals, proved to be quite effective at stopping dental decay. However, it has several downsides, including its dark color that clashes with the dentition around it. Today, more and more dental practices have abandoned amalgam fillings in favor of tooth-colored fillings. These aesthetically pleasing restorations are beautiful and offer a number of oral health benefits. If you are interested in learning more about this remarkable treatment, continue reading this page.

Why Choose New Haven Dental Group for Tooth-Colored Fillings?

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Illustration of tooth-colored filling on tooth’s chewing surface

Tooth-colored fillings are also known as white fillings or composite resin fillings. The resin that they are composed of is a mixture of glass particles, plastic, and other biocompatible ingredients. Together, they make up a flexible material that a dentist can easily shade-match to blend in the natural color of a patient’s teeth. The resin is the same material that we use to reshape teeth via cosmetic dental bonding.

How Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Work?

Man admiring his smile after receiving tooth-colored filling

The tooth-colored filling process is comfortable and quick. Often, we begin by numbing the tooth. However, that step is not always necessary if a cavity has not penetrated too deep into the tooth’s structure. Then, we prepare the tooth by removing its decayed tissue. Next, we insert the resin into the cavity. A special light hardens the filling in just a few seconds. Finally, we adjust the filling so that it will not interfere with the patient’s bite.

Do I Need a Tooth-Colored Filling?

Dentist reviewing X-ray to determine if patient needs filling

Here are some indications that you could benefit from a tooth-colored filling:

If you suspect that you need a filling, visit your dentist as soon as possible. Postponing your appointment will give the problem a chance to worse. In fact, if you delay too long, a filling may no longer be an adequate way to treat your dental decay. You might end up needing a more extensive procedure.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Woman pointing at her beautiful smile, which contains tooth-colored fillings

Many patients love tooth-colored fillings because of their aesthetic appeal. However, their beauty is just the beginning of the advantages they offer. Additional benefits include:

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