The FAQs of Tooth Colored Fillings

The FAQs of Tooth Colored Fillings from Brilliant Smiles Lakeland in Lakeland, FLThe popularity of tooth-colored fillings keeps increasing among patients with cavities, as well as their dentists. In the past, they were only performed on the front teeth that were more visible. Today, it is possible, and increasingly common, for patients to have fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth in the back teeth as well.

What are the most common questions that patients ask about tooth-colored fillings?

As with any other dental procedure, you should ask any questions that you have before agreeing to the procedure so that you know what to expect and can make an informed decision. The following are questions that patients frequently ask about fillings that are tooth-colored.

What are the different types of tooth-colored fillings?

There are several different types of fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth:

  • Composite fillings are the most common type. They are made of particles of glass or quartz mixed with synthetic plastic resin. Though susceptible to staining, the newer varieties last a long time.
  • Glass ionomer fillings are made of a translucent blend of acrylic and glass powders, mimicking the appearance of natural teeth reasonably closely. They help to prevent further tooth decay by releasing small amounts of fluoride over time and are relatively inexpensive. However, they do not last as long as other filling materials and have to be replaced more frequently.
  • Porcelain fillings are considered to closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth. However, they can be more expensive and more susceptible to breaking than other options.

Is a tooth-colored filling strong enough for one of the back teeth?

Part of the reason why tooth-colored fillings were once only used in the front teeth is that, in the past, they were not considered strong enough for the back teeth that bear most of the force from chewing. However, advancements in the technology behind composite fillings make them almost as strong as traditional silver amalgam fillings. If you are interested in a tooth-colored filling in the back, you should discuss the possibility with your dentist. Keep in mind that if you want them in the back, you may have to pay for them out of your pocket because insurance companies may not cover them for the back teeth.

How long do tooth-colored fillings last?

The longevity of the fillings depends on several factors. The material that you choose is among these factors. You can help prolong the life of your fillings by being diligent in maintaining excellent daily oral hygiene and having dental cleanings and exams regularly.

Does a tooth-colored filling hurt?

The type of filling has no bearing on the amount of discomfort during the procedure. A tooth-colored filling is no more painful than a traditional filling. In both cases, the affected area is numbed so that you do not feel any discomfort during the procedure.

Can you replace an old silver filling with a tooth-colored filling?

If you do not like the look of your old silver fillings, it may be possible to replace them with tooth-colored fillings. It may not be an option in every case. Consult your dentist.

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When it comes time to fill a cavity or replace a filling, it helps to know your options. Then you can weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each. Ask your dentist about whether a tooth-colored filling is appropriate and how you can benefit from it.

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