Tooth Colored Fillings

A tooth colored filling is a composite resin, that can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins present several advantages to the patient compared with traditional silver fillings. First, your dentist is able to blend composite shades and shapes to match the original teeth. Second, the tooth-composite bond actually serves to support the remaining tooth structure, preventing breakage and providing insulation against temperature changes. Finally, small to average-sized composites have demonstrated similar duration to silver fillings. Resin placement is simple. Depending on the size of the filling and location of the composite, it may require as little as 10 or 20 minutes longer than what is needed for a traditional silver filling. Although some patients notice a bit of post-placement sensitivity, this is temporary and can be helped with fluoride applications.

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