Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are an alternative to traditional metal fillings and fall into two categories; direct and indirect. A direct restoration is a composite resin applied in one appointment. Indirect restorations (inlays or onlays) are made of porcelain or composite resin materials fabricated by a dental laboratory. These restorations usually take two appointments.
Are Tooth Colored Fillings Right For Me?
Among the advantages of tooth-colored fillings are:
- Life-like aesthetic qualities
- The preservation of more natural tooth structure
- Optimal bio-compatibility
- Minimal risk of allergic reaction
- No development of metal sensitivity
What Happens At The First Appointment For Tooth Colored Fillings?
Bonding the front teeth typically requires one appointment. Dr Ty Etheridge may remove a very minor amount of tooth structure to maximize adhesion of the composite resin to the tooth, depending on the dentist’s bonding technique. A tooth conditioning agent may be applied to the prepared tooth, followed by the application of an adhesive agent and the resin for the tooth-colored filling. Your dentist will contour the resin to produce the desired aesthetic appearance and expose it to a special laser or curing light to harden the resin.
For indirect tooth-colored inlays or onlays, after tooth preparation, impressions are taken of your teeth and a replica of your mouth is created for the dental laboratory. A temporary filling is placed onto the prepared tooth for protection. At the second appointment, the temporary filling is removed and the inlay or onlay is secured with an adhesive agent.
Care Of Cosmetically Bonded Teeth & Tooth Colored Fillings.
Teeth bonded or filled with composite resin or restored with inlays or onlays should receive the same meticulous care as natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, tongue scraping, and professional preventive treatments to maintain proper health and appearance.
For more information on tooth colored fillings, including onlays or inlays, contact Etheridge Family Dentistry by calling or filling out the form on this page. He has extensive experience with cosmetic dental procedures, including tooth colored fillings and serves patients throughout the Greater Seattle area.