Tooth-colored fillings repair cavities naturally – they look, feel, and function like the “real thing”!
Do you wince when consuming sweet foods? Does it hurt to drink hot or cold beverages? Have you noticed discoloration of pitted areas of a tooth? These are a few of the potential symptoms of cavities, a form of progressive tooth decay. We can restore your comfort, healthy function, and the attractive appearance of a decayed tooth with fillings.
Fillings at the office of Dr. Ryan Zhuoran Zhao, Harmony Smile Dental in Sunnyvale, California, are:
- Natural-looking – the color and appearance of the filling blend in with the surrounding tooth structure and neighboring teeth
- Strong – restorations like fillings, secured to the tooth, are incredibly durable and protect a weakened or damaged tooth from further damage
- Conservative – fillings preserve more of the natural tooth than other restorations designed and placed to rebuild a decayed or damaged tooth, including inlays, onlays, and crowns
Tooth-colored Fillings Q&A
What exactly is a filling?
Fillings are a dental material prepared and shaped to “fill in” the cavity or hole in the tooth’s surface. Cavities form as the result of tooth decay. A progressive condition, decay arises when starches and sugars combine with bacteria to produce plaque. Bacterial plaque erodes the tooth structure from the outside inward. So, decay starts as enamel erosion. Untreated, minor enamel erosion can progress to cavities or holes in the tooth.
What materials do you use for fillings?
Dentists use a wide array of materials to rebuild teeth, from composite resins and ceramics like porcelain to gold and metal alloys. Some materials are even a blend of ceramics and metals. Tooth-colored fillings are generally made from ceramics or composites, which are a combination of plastic and glass-like particles. We are happy to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different materials with you. So, you can make the most informed decision about your restored smile!
How do you treat teeth with fillings?
First, the tooth must be prepared. That means removing any damaged tissue. The tooth is also cleaned and shaped. Impressions or molds are taken to guide the fabrication of your filling. The filling is then applied and secured to the tooth by Dr. Zhao.
How do you care for fillings?
Simply! The treated tooth should be cared for like a natural tooth. That is, with consistent and sound oral hygiene at home (brushing, flossing daily). Also, maintain dental check-ups at our office. Dr. Zhao will ensure that your filling is holding up well. He can pinpoint problems early before they produce symptoms that you would notice. And, during these visits, our hygienists gently and precisely remove what you can’t – stubborn plaque build-up or tartar.
We are happy to answer any other questions that you may have about fillings. Call Harmony Smile Dental today at (408) 738-1000. Or request an appointment online.