Tooth Colored Restorations & Fillings in Wilmington
Dark fillings can now be replaced with tooth-colored porcelain and composite resin, two materials that replicate the appearance of natural teeth so well, you will be unable to tell where the restoration ends and your tooth begins. Both of these options bond securely to your tooth, so your new restorations will be strong and durable.
One major advantage of tooth-colored restorations is that you are able to keep more of your own tooth structure. When you have a cavity, the dentist has to remove the caries (the infected part of the tooth) and replace it with a filling material. Composite materials have the ability to bond to the existing tooth structure.
Another major advantage is that when the filling is completed, no one will be able to tell that you even had a cavity – the restoration will blend in so that it looks and feels like the rest of your teeth. No more dark, black areas to spoil your smile! You can even laugh with confidence!
This is what you can expect when you have a tooth colored restoration:
First, Dr. Gladnick will remove all of the decay. During this time, the tooth must be kept dry and isolated from saliva. Next, an adhesive is applied, followed by several thin layers of the tooth-colored composite material. The material is cured in intervals by a special light. This curing process takes less than a minute.
Most patients have fantastic results with composite fillings and find that they last much longer than traditional silver fillings. You may experience some minor sensitivity to hot and cold during the first few days after the filling is placed, but this will subside.
It is important to continue with your regular dental check-ups to ensure that the edges of the filling remain intact. Tooth decay may also develop elsewhere on the tooth, and you will want Dr. Gladnick to be able to address small problems at the earliest stage possible.