Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillingsTooth-colored fillings are also referred to as composites, because they are composed of a complex composite of plastic and zirconia/silica. 
 
Composites were introduced in the 1960s and have undergone continual improvements in durability, color stability, material handling qualities and aesthetics. Fillings are considered one type of tooth restoration. Other restorations include inlays, onlay, veneers and crowns. 
 
Tooth-colored fillings are actually bonded to teeth compared to silver/amalgam fillings, which are not. 
 
Tooth-colored filling material comes in a great number of colors (shades) and is matched to your individual tooth color. Typically, a different type of material is used for front and back teeth. The materials used for front teeth have a high shine, whereas the materials for back teeth are designed for strength – both look great! It’s nice that if you have a filling it can be virtually undetectable. 
 
Tooth-colored fillings now are harder and more durable than silver/amalgam fillings. A small filling could conceivably last your lifetime, and larger fillings can be expected to last many years. The factors that determine the lifespan of a particular filling include: the tooth (molars take more force than bicuspids), the size of the filling relative to the tooth (smaller fillings will usually be more durable than larger fillings) and how teeth are cleaned and maintained daily. 
 
A new filling should feel natural, like your other teeth. After the anesthesia has worn away and you can feel your teeth and bite again, you should not notice anything particularly different. It should be smooth and comfortable. 
 
You can eat on tooth-colored fillings right away (as soon as anesthesia is gone) compared to silver/amalgam fillings, with which you cannot.
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Charleston, SC 29407

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