A dental filling is not only a restorative measure but it can also be used to provide a cosmetic effect for a tooth that has been damaged by decay or casualty. Tooth colored fillings can be made to match the color of the patient’s natural teeth and are bonded directly onto the impaired tooth without having to disturb the enamel.
“White” fillings have been available since the 1960’s. Research and development has over time, improved the material used to formulate the fillings. Today, most dentists use a composite resin consisting of a mixture of plastic and glass.
If decay is present it will be removed and the tooth will be cleaned and primed to receive the filling which will then be shaped to the tooth and hardened with a dental curing light. Slight adjustments may be made just before the filling is smoothed out and polished.
Dr. Looze of Southlands Dental will do a thorough evaluation of your needs before recommending the type of filling that he feels will be most beneficial. His determination will be based on the location of the tooth, the extent of the damage and the level of stress that the tooth will need to withstand. A rear molar for instance, that does the rigorous chewing may do better with a metal filling. Consult with Dr. Looze about the options available to you, call Southlands today @ 720-886-0606 in Aurora.