Utilizing a combination of plastic resin and powdered glass, composite fillings are a powerful and aesthetically pleasing way to repair damage to your teeth. Also known as tooth-colored fillings, these restorations get their name from the ability the dentist has to tint the material to match your normal teeth. The material used to make them is quite malleable before curing, allowing the dentist to perfectly match their shape to your natural teeth.
What Are The Benefits Of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are a form of restoration that comes with a host of benefits over other options. The benefits associated with tooth-colored fillings include:
- Less drilling is required, preserving more of the natural tooth structure
- The materials used harden within a few seconds, rather than days
- The ability of the material to bond to the tooth is stronger than alternatives
- Tooth-colored fillings can be repaired in the event of damage
In addition to these benefits, the composite material is easily malleable, making it possible to integrate it into the shape and form of your natural teeth perfectly. The ability to be tinted means it will end up being nearly impossible to distinguish from the rest of your original smile.
Questions You May Have For Your Dentist About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Are Composite Fillings Right For Me?
This restoration treatment is appropriate for patients who have cavities that require small to medium fillings, and who would like to ensure their repairs look natural. They are also appropriate for those who have a metal allergy and need an alternative to amalgam fillings.
How Are Amalgam Fillings Different From Composite Fillings?
The primary difference is the material from which they’re made. Amalgam fillings are a metal blend that is affordable, long-lasting, and incredibly durable. Composite fillings are made from plastic resin and powdered glass.
How Long Do Composite Fillings Last?
These fillings last an average of approximately five years, though they can last longer if they are well taken care of. The key to longevity is good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.
Can A Tooth-Colored Filling Be Repaired Before It falls Out?
If you notice that your filling is becoming loose or damaged, it’s possible to repair them before they fall out. Dr. Hosef will also take the time to inspect your fillings during your regular visits.
What Is The Cost of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
This restoration treatment generally costs between $120-250 each. Dental insurance will often cover some or part of the cost of receiving a filling, though many will only cover a cost equal to that of an amalgam filling.
If you’d like to learn more about tooth-colored fillings and what they can accomplish for your dental health and appearance, call Scarsdale Dental Team today at 914-472-0030. You’ll be scheduled for an appointment with Dr. Jesse Hofer or one of our other practitioners at our 495 Central Park Avenue location in Scarsdale, NY. During your visit, you’ll receive a standard dental exam followed by a consultation on your dental restoration options.