What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are a dental treatment that is often used to treat cavities. Cavities occur when a tooth has been slightly decayed by a buildup of plaque and tartar. Dental fillings prevent tooth decay from further spreading deeper in a tooth.

There has been much speculation about the safety of silver amalgam fillings that were commonplace at one point, but have now been replaced by more advanced options such as composite resin fillings. Today's composites are being made out of more durable materials such as resin and glass or quartz. Aside from durability, they also match the natural color of your teeth making it difficult to distinguish from natural teeth.

Consider replacing your silver amalgam fillings with a more technologically advanced material that not only looks better, but also functions better.

Advantages to Composite Resin Tooth-Colored Fillings

  • Strong bonds – because composite resin materials actually chemically bond to a tooth’s structure, they provide better support than other options.
  • Many uses – composite resins are able to repair more than just a cavity. They can also repair minor damage to teeth such as chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
  • Aesthetically pleasing – because composite resin materials are able to match the same shade as the color of your natural teeth, they appear aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

The best way to prevent decay for occurring is by brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular, consistent basis. Cavities may not always produce symptoms, making it important to receive dental x-rays to check for any signs of tooth decay. Signs that point to a potential cavity, or tooth decay, include tooth sensitivity from hot/cold foods, as well as toothaches that range in severity.

If you believe you may be suffering from a cavity or want to schedule a dental checkup (link to this page when creadted) to make sure your teeth are in good health, then contact Dr. Ganji’s office @ 310-643-8045 or fill out our convenient online form.