Tooth-Colored Fillings and Bonding
Dental decay is one of the most common oral conditions impacting the smiles of children and adults alike. At Oak Tree Dentistry, we provide tooth-colored fillings that blend in with your smile.
Composite Resin Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings have been around for decades but have gained in popularity in the last twenty-five years because their durability now closely matches that of amalgam (silver) fillings. Made of tiny ceramic or glass particles and BPA-free fillers, dental composites instantly harden when exposed to a special curing light.
Dental Decay and Fillings
Dental decay occurs when bacteria soften the hard enamel exterior of teeth, opening up the softer dentin inside to bacteria and decay. Decay does not usually cause pain until it comes close to the nerve, deep inside the tooth. We recommend regular dental x-rays to identify signs of decay before a painful infection develops.
Treating decay early typically means less invasive and complex treatment.
Before beginning treatment, Dr. Gill will make sure your tooth is numb so that your procedure is completely comfortable. Particularly small fillings may not even require the tooth to be numb because they only impact the surface of the tooth.
We will discuss your options and even offer nitrous oxide, which is usually safe for both adults and children.
After gently removing the decay, Dr. Gill will prepare the tooth with a bonding agent to secure the filling. He will then apply composite in layers and harden it with a curing light. Once he fills the tooth, Dr. Gill will polish and shape it so it matches your tooth structure perfectly.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite resin fillings have a number of benefits over amalgam fillings.
- Natural appearance
- No mercury
- More conservative
- No metal components
Composite fillings require the removal of less healthy tooth structure since they bond directly to teeth. This leaves more health tooth intact.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
In addition to treating decay, composite provides an affordable way to make small changes to teeth.
- Filling small chips
- Closing narrow gaps
- Reshaping teeth
- Covering discoloration
Cosmetic bonding adds to existing tooth structure and does not require a dental lab, making it an affordable and conservative way to have cosmetic dentistry that improves your smile.
Teeth Whitening and Fillings
When matching teeth and composite resin, Dr. Gill will choose the color closest to your teeth. If you want a whiter smile, it’s a good idea to whiten your teeth first since the color of your filling or bonding will not change with whitening treatments.
Call to Book an Appointment
If you are interested in tooth-colored fillings in Elk Grove, Lodi, Sacramento, Roseville, or Galt, give us a call and discover the possibilities for health and beauty with modern dentistry.