Dental medicine has come a long way in minimizing the overall number of cavities (dental caries) experienced in the United States.
As we continue to educate patients about the benefits of a healthy smile, their personal oral health care improves, and decay and disease decline. However, the National Institutes of Health says that 26 percent of adults aged 20 to 64 still have untreated decay.
Fortunately, dentistry has made some wonderful advances, and we now have access to high-quality materials like composite resin to create natural-looking fillings.
This material is designed to mimic the appearance of dental enamel, allowing us to create dental fillings and repairs that are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings are a conservative option for filling and strengthening teeth.
The dental term for tooth decay or cavities is dental caries. Caries develop because bacteria-filled plaque coats your teeth and produces acid that destroys the tooth enamel and the underlying dentin.
Obviously, early treatment of caries is essential if you want to enjoy a problem-free smile. At Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry, we use state-of-the-art technology like digital x-rays to identify disease as early as possible so we can treat it before it compromises your tooth.
We use a composite dental resin to create tooth-colored fillings. This material is composed of plastic and glass material and used to restore decayed teeth and improve the esthetics of your smile. Our doctors customize your repair by shading the filling material to match surrounding dental enamel for a repair that is virtually indistinguishable from surrounding teeth.
This esthetic quality allows us to use the material for applications beyond dental fillings. Our dentists expertly build up thin layers of composite material over front teeth to change their color, fix chips and cracks, and even reshape the tooth.
E.max is another type of glass-ceramic material that is similar to porcelain but is much stronger. Because of its strength and durability, E.max is perfect for creating inlays and onlays to build up damaged teeth like molars that need to withstand a lot of chewing force.
However, tooth-colored composite fillings aren’t just a good esthetic choice. Unlike amalgam fillings that just sit in the prepared space, composite fillings bond directly to the tooth structure. This method makes it easy to create a durable filling without compromising healthy tooth structure.
Our ultimate goal is to protect and preserve as much natural tooth structure as we can for as long as possible. Tooth-colored fillings are a cost-effective way to keep your smile healthy and maintain your appearance.
Please call our office if you would like to learn how our composite fillings can benefit you!