What is a Tooth-Colored Filling?
The tooth-colored filling process restores a tooth that has developed a cavity due to bacteria growth. Instead of relying on the common method of times past, which involved the usage of a mixture of different metals (called amalgam), a tooth-colored filling consists of a compound resin material that is added directly to the tooth to both restore its functionality and original appearance. In addition to achieving the goal of recreating a healthy tooth, there are several other advantages to taking this route.
Tooth-Colored Fillings vs Amalgam Fillings
Years ago, amalgam fillings were chosen because of their cost-effectiveness and relative strength. This is a new era in dentistry, though. Here are some of the features of tooth-colored fillings in East Longmeadow that make them superior to the amalgam method:
- Easily bond to the surface of your teeth
- Leave you with a natural looking smile
- A less invasive process that generally preserves more of the tooth’s structure
- Provide a durable and lasting restoration, and a healthier alternative to potentially toxic amalgam fillings
How the Tooth-Colored Filling Process Works
When you visit our East Longmeadow office to have your tooth restored by either Dr. Scannell or Dr. Hollinger, we’ll first numb the treatment area to ensure you have a comfortable experience. Then, we’ll remove the decay and prepare the tooth for the filling to be added.
The next step is to apply the resin material, which will be in a paste form. Then, one of our highly-skilled dentists will sculp the material to mesh with the shape and size of your other teeth. Finally, we’ll harden the material using a special light that provides fast, effective and safe results. Just like that, your smile will be completely restored.
Schedule a Visit
If you’re looking for an alternative for filling a cavity that leaves you with an aesthetically-pleasing smile and a restoration that can last up to 15 years with proper care, then reach out to our East Longmeadow office to request an appointment today!