Dental technology and materials have come a long way in the last few decades. While it has never been easier to get a beautiful and healthy smile, getting a cavity in the past usually meant having to settle for metallic fillings. But modern fillings use tooth-colored materials that improve your oral health and make your smile look better than ever at the same time. Dr. Ratna Vedullapalli (Dr. V) offers general, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry services for all of your dental needs.
Cosmetic and General Dentistry in Newtown, CT
Tooth-colored (also known as enamel colored) fillings work in the same way as traditional fillings, with modern and discreet materials that look good and help to strengthen your teeth at the same time. Enamel colored fillings are made of a material known as composite resin, which consists of a mixture of plastic and glass to match the texture and color of a natural tooth. Depending on your situation, your dentist may be able to complete and bond the restoration to your tooth in one visit or take an impression of the tooth for preparation at an outside lab (known as an inlay) which is cemented to the tooth at the second office visit.
Additional Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
In addition to the cosmetic benefits, composite resin fillings can be less invasive than traditional fillings because they are bonded to the tooth, which secures them in place without requiring additional drilling. The average tooth colored filling lasts for approximately five years, but can last much longer. Older metallic fillings can also be replaced with composite resin, giving your smile a more natural and uniform look, especially for front teeth and lower molars where fillings tend to be more noticeable.
Find a Dentist in Newtown, CT
For more information about tooth-colored fillings and other cosmetic and restorative dental treatments, contact Diamond Dental by calling (203) 403-2428 to schedule an appointment with Dr. V today.