Tooth-Colored Fillings – Astoria, NY
A More Natural Alternative to Silver Fillings
Damaged teeth only make some of the most basic daily tasks far more difficult than they need to be. Chewing and grinding foods as well as drinking hot or cold beverages become incredibly difficult due to increased tooth sensitivity. For many, having a damaged tooth is better than having to have a silver filling placed. Some patients can’t even have this treatment performed because of an allergy to metal. Thankfully, there is an alternative that doesn’t sacrifice durability just for appearance.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings Made From?
Unlike amalgam fillings which are typically made from metal alloys like tin, copper and mercury, tooth-colored fillings utilize a mixture made from glass and plastic known as composite resin. The putty-like material can be placed inside damaged teeth just as well as amalgam but without the risk of an allergic reaction. It’s still considered biocompatible, so you can rest assured that your mouth won’t reject the filling after placement.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings vs. Amalgam Fillings
A common issue with amalgam fillings is their likelihood of breaking down existing tooth enamel over time. Because the fillings are metal, they regularly expand and contract when exposed to hot or cold stimuli. As this occurs thousands of times over the years, the filling acts more and more like a wedge inside your tooth, causing it to break apart further. By having your filling replace with composite resin, you can prevent this issue from happening.
Additionally, people with amalgam fillings are generally more likely to experience teeth sensitivity because of the metal material. If your enamel is eroding, the last thing you need is another filling breaking it down even further.
The Placement Process for Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings only take a single appointment to place thanks to ease of treatment and the accessibility of the materials. If you’re receiving a filling for the first time, we’ll begin by numbing the area around the tooth and removing any damage tissue and enamel. Once the area is cleaned, Dr. Shkurti will begin filling the tooth with composite resin, then pack and shape it until it looks even throughout. After shaping, he’ll use a curing light to harden the material instantly.
Caring for Your Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings require no special care to maintain. As long as you brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and visit the dentist once every six months, you can make it last for at least 10 years without worry. Just make sure not to use your teeth in any way that could damage enamel (i.e. as a tool to open packages or bottles.) When flossing, make sure the floss doesn’t get caught on the filling and tear. Instead, opt for a monofilament floss, which is much thinner and more tear-resistant than other varieties.