Tooth-Colored Fillings in San Diego
When having dental work done, it’s important to achieve a natural-looking result. Today, many patients opt not to use traditional amalgam fillings (silver fillings) because of their less appealing appearance. Finding quality options for tooth-colored fillings in San Diego means that you can have dental work done without anyone being the wiser.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Traditional fillings are metallic in appearance. Called amalgam, this filling material is typically made from silver, copper, mercury and tin, although some other metals may be used. One of the concerns with amalgam fillings is that they contain mercury. When fillings are cracked or degraded, this mercury could accumulate in the body and cause health problems.
More natural looking fillings have revolutionized the experience of having a cavity treated. Patients no longer need to worry about throwing their head back to laugh, only to reveal a mouthful of metal fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are nearly indistinguishable from the natural bone of the tooth.
The most commonly used tooth-colored fillings are composite resin, although true porcelain fillings (inlays or onlays) may also be used. Composite resin is made of quartz fillers, acrylic plastics, and colorants. This resin bonds chemically to the surface of the tooth, providing a firm and durable surface. Although a composite filling can never achieve the original strength of a healthy tooth, they are long-lasting and withstand everyday wear and tear.
Tooth-colored fillings can be used on front or back teeth while maintaining a more natural look. Although no dental filling lasts forever, tooth-colored fillings are a robust alternative to dental amalgam.
"Not having seen a dentist in around 14 years. I was quite nervous of what my teeth would look like after all the required cavity drilling. Dr. Feinberg's work was so good! When I saw the results in the mirror of the tooth-colored fillings, I was shocked. He matched the tooth's natural color exactly. I couldn't even tell where the fillings were. I'm pretty sure Dr. Feinberg provides the best tooth-colored fillings in San Diego!" -Penelope G.
Filling a Cavity with Tooth-Colored Fillings
When getting a cavity filled, most people opt to receive local anesthetic. During the procedure, Dr. Feinberg will remove areas of decay and cleanse the surface. Then, a primer is applied to the area, which opens pores in the structure of the tooth. After placing a bonding agent onto the site, the filling material is placed. Applying a strong curing light to the filling causes it to harden and bond to the tooth.
After having a cavity filled with a tooth-colored filling, you should not be able to easily notice the filling. If you find that the filling has a rough edge, Dr. Feinberg can smooth and polish the filling.
When it’s time to get your cavity filled, you’ll want to find the best tooth-colored fillings San Diego has to offer. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Feinberg can help to restore your beautiful smile.