Tooth Colored Fillings

Flawless Fillings

  • The most commonly used tooth colored fillings are made of composite resin which is a combination of small ceramic particles bound together with resin polymers.
  • Then is tooth structure is etched with a mild acid and rinsed with water after several seconds.
  • After that composite resin is used to fill in the missing tooth structure and that is also polymerized (cured) using a curing light.
  • The filling is then shaped and polished. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.

The time to place a composite filling is longer than for an amalgam filling. That’s because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled, and there are more steps involved.

  1. Another option for tooth colored restorations is to use porcelain fillings or porcelain crowns.
  2. If the amount of the tooth to be restored is large the porcelain filling or crown usually the better option because of durability and resistance to breakage.
  3. Porcelain fillings involve laboratory steps and as a result take more time and cost considerably more.