Tooth-Colored Fillings in Bellaire, TX
When a tooth is damaged by decay, we need to fill it as soon as possible to prevent further damage and restore the function and aesthetics of your smile. If we don’t treat the tooth, the decay can spread to the innermost part of your tooth, and you will need a root canal to save it.
At Schultz Center for Dentistry, we use tooth-colored composite fillings to restore a decayed or damaged tooth because of the many advantages they offer:
Why We Recommend Tooth-Colored Fillings
Dr. Jeffrey Schultz recommends tooth-colored or white fillings because they offer patients several advantages when compared to metal or amalgam fillings. One is that they are less likely to become defective, while metal fillings expand and contract with hot and cold temperatures from food or drinks and can easily crack over time.
White fillings also tend to be sturdier and last longer. Patients also enjoy the fact that tooth-colored fillings look natural and undetectable, no more mouthful of metal. Another benefit is less exposure to mercury in the body.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings Made Of?
White fillings are composed of a synthetic mixture filled with microscopic glass beads (silicon dioxide), which create a composite resin. Tooth-colored composites in dentistry date back to the 1960s and with the progression of dental technology, composites have been dramatically enhanced and can be successfully placed to function in the back teeth.
White fillings are used not only in tooth restoration for decayed teeth but also for aesthetic cosmetic improvement. Composites are used to accentuate your smile by changing tooth color or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Composites offer an advantage over porcelain fillings because we can place them in a single visit. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Schultz, will make recommendations on filling type based on his knowledge of these materials and examination of your teeth.
How We Place Tooth-Colored Fillings
Following preparation of the tooth to be filled, Dr. Schultz applies the composite in layers and uses a special light to harden each layer. He will then shape the composite to fit the tooth, polishing the filling to prevent staining and early wear. Composite resin is also used to bond or cement veneers and porcelain inlays and onlays (porcelain fillings) and in other aesthetic restorations.
Please Call Us to Arrange An Appointment
If you have a toothache, please don’t delay calling us at (713) 664-6665 and we will see you as soon as possible, usually the same day. Tooth pain will not go away on its own, and delaying treatment will only result in continued discomfort and more complex and costly problems in the future.
At Schultz Center for Dentistry, we’re here to help. Please call our Houston dental office to arrange your appointment.