Tooth-Colored Fillings in Aloha, Oregon
If you have a cavity or damage to your tooth, you will have to have a filling added to the tooth. Tooth-colored fillings from Dr. Erica Bronitsky and her team at Bronitsky Family Dentistry will fix your tooth and make it look natural!
What are fillings for?
If you have tooth decay or damage, you might not even notice it at first. However, soon enough you will know it is there either because of a visit to your dentist or because it starts to get painful!
If decay is left untreated your tooth can become infected. An infection means even more pain and possibly the need for a root canal. In extreme cases, if decay remains untreated, it may lead to the loss of your tooth (which means a whole new set of problems and dental procedures).
What kinds of fillings are there?
Gold and amalgam fillings are still used by dentists. They are strong and durable, but besides being unsightly and very obvious, they have other disadvantages as well.
Gold fillings can be very costly and can require more than one trip to the dentist’s office. Dental amalgams are cheaper and only require one visit to the dentist, but some people are concerned about how safe it is to have this type of material in the mouth.
Tooth-colored fillings are not only aesthetically pleasing, they are also very durable and strong. They are fracture-resistant and can withstand the pressure and stress of chewing. The composite material used to make tooth-colored fillings looks so much like a natural tooth that it is also used for other cosmetic dentistry procedures. It can be used to change the size, color and shape of the teeth to close gaps between teeth and to make teeth look straighter.
Can I get a tooth-colored filling?
Dr. Bronitsky will want to perform a thorough exam of your teeth before deciding what kind of filling you should have. It can depend on a few factors, such as the amount of decay in the tooth, how strong the filling needs to be and if the tooth to be filled can be easily seen when you open your mouth.
If she decides a tooth-colored filling will be appropriate, she will remove the decay in the tooth to be filled. Then, Dr. Bronitsky will thoroughly clean the tooth and apply a weak acid to prepare the tooth. A bonding agent is applied and then the filling is placed. Any adjustments are then made, such as a polishing and smoothing of the filling. She will want to check your bite to make sure that your teeth fit together properly, and she will check to make sure the filling doesn’t interfere with your ability to floss in between your teeth.
What are other advantages of tooth-colored fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings not only repair damaged teeth while keeping your smile beautiful; they also have other advantages over other types of fillings.
People with gold or amalgam fillings may notice that their teeth are very sensitive to temperature. These types of fillings easily conduct heat and cold, something that isn’t a problem with tooth-colored fillings.
And, amalgam fillings can sometimes discolor the gum tissue around the tooth that has the filling, which doesn’t happen with tooth-colored fillings.
Here are some other benefits of tooth-colored fillings:
- The dentist does not have to numb the area around the tooth that will get the filling because this type of filling is bonded to the tooth chemically. This also means that these fillings don’t need the placement of grooves, pins or slots to hold them.
- They can be replaced if they are damaged.
- They restore 85 percent to 95 percent of the original strength of the tooth.
- This type of filling bonds to the tooth within seconds while other kinds of fillings can take days to set.
- They can be placed in one appointment.
Once you have your filling, you won’t even notice it is there! A tooth-colored filling is also easy to maintain. Make sure you brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit Dr. Bronitsky twice a year for a cleaning and exam.
Tooth-colored fillings are the perfect way to have healthy, strong teeth without sacrificing the beauty of your smile. If you think you have a cavity, see Dr. Bronitsky and her team at Bronitsky Family Dentistry about a tooth-colored filling today!