Tooth-colored fillings offer an advantage over other types of dental fillings.
Even if your smile looks and feels its best it’s still important that you are visiting our Waterford, WI, family dentists Dr. Michael Casey and Dr. Mary Lenz every six months for cleanings and care. After all, it’s possible to have cavities and not even know it. The sooner decay is treated the better, as we can prevent it from wreaking serious havoc on the health of your teeth. Of course, once the decay has been removed it’s time to restore the tooth with a dental filling.
What is a dental filling?
A dental filling is a protective coating that is applied directly to a tooth to fill the hole or holes left behind after a cavity. Fillings may also be used to fix broken or cracked teeth, as well as teeth that may be worn down from teeth grinding.
What are the benefits of choosing a tooth-colored filling?
Perhaps this question seems obvious but not everyone understands the benefits of getting tooth-colored fillings. While there are other materials from which to craft fillings, our Waterford, MI, family dentists understand that one of the biggest goals people have when it comes to restoring their smiles is to get restorations that look just real tooth enamel. Tooth-colored fillings can offer this esthetic advantage.
Tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin aren’t just ideal because they mimic the look of real tooth enamel, they are also incredibly durable. This is important when it comes to restoring a tooth after a cavity. With the proper care, tooth-colored fillings can last up to 10-15 years, or longer.
In order to promote a longer lifespan for your filling, it’s important that you maintain good oral hygiene and continue to visit our dental practice every six months for checkups. While a dental filling will need to be replaced at some point, these checkups allow us to monitor the health of your filling so that we can determine when it needs to be replaced.
A cavity also weakens a tooth, which is why we need to fill the holes in your teeth rather than just leaving the tooth after the decay has been removed. A dental filling helps strengthen a tooth so you can continue to chew and bite down without worrying about incurring further damage.
The resin that we use for your filling is first matched to the color of your tooth and then applied in layers over the hole and shaped. Each layer is then hardened with a dental light before applying the next layer. We will continue to apply the filling until the tooth is fully restored.
When was the last time you visited your family dentist here in Waterford, MI? Need to schedule your next dental cleaning? Keep up with these checkups and at-home care and you can prevent cavities from happening in the first place. To schedule a visit with Dr. Casey or Dr. Lenz, simply call our practice today at (262) 534-6515.