Fillings or restorations are a way to restore teeth after developing tooth decay. Dr. Toothman and Dr. Reid will discuss with you where and why you need a restoration. A filling will be done in one appointment. The tooth is cleaned of the decay and a tooth-colored restoration is bonded to the tooth giving it, once again, a very natural look. Fillings are made up of composite resins which consist of Bis-GMA and other dimethacrylate monomers. The composite has other filler material including silica and typically also include a photoinitiator. These tooth-colored restorations are bonded to the tooth helping to maintain the strength of the tooth.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composite restorations are bonded to the teeth creating a nearly seamless transition between natural tooth and the restoration, all while strengthening the tooth to help prevent fractures. These restorations wear at a similar rate as your natural tooth as to not cause excessive wear to your opposing teeth. They are able to be shade matched to your teeth to deliver a great smile.
Many people still have silver fillings in their mouths from years past. These can likely be replaced with a tooth-colored composite restoration that is bonded to the tooth if you desire. However, a silver filling that is in good shape and continues to seal the tooth does not need to be replaced even if it has been there a long time.