Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Kenosha, WI
Having cavities once meant you had to endure telltale silver fillings in your teeth. Those days are fortunately in the past. At Smile Doctors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, highly skilled dentist Brian Danielewicz, DDS, offers tooth-colored fillings that blend perfectly with your tooth while repairing the damage. Use online scheduling or call the office to request your appointment today.
Tooth Colored Fillings Q & A
What is a tooth-colored filling?
Tooth-colored fillings, also called composite fillings, are quickly becoming the most popular option for cavity treatment today.
When you have tooth decay, Dr. Danielewicz removes the affected part of your tooth and replaces it with a new tooth-colored filling that’s matched to your tooth color.
You can get tooth-colored fillings anywhere in your mouth, but they're especially great for cavities in the front teeth because they don't mar your smile with silver.
When do I need a tooth-colored filling?
Tooth decay is the most common reason for tooth-colored fillings, but they're also good for other situations, such as:
- Chips in your teeth
- Filling a gap between your teeth
- Repairing a broken tooth
- Restoring worn teeth
For larger breaks or major restoration needs, Dr. Danielewicz may recommend a crown or veneer rather than a tooth-colored filling. But, in general, tooth-colored fillings are well suited for both cavity fillings and smaller tooth repairs.
What is the process for tooth-colored fillings?
Dr. Danielewicz usually discovers cavities or other tooth damage during an exam or advanced X-ray imaging.
Once he's determined the exact location and extent of your tooth damage, Dr. Danielewicz numbs your tooth with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Then, he removes any decay or makes any necessary adjustments to prepare your tooth for the filling.
After placing the tooth-colored filling material, Dr. Danielewicz applies a curing light to harden the filling and then he carefully shapes and polishes the composite so it fits perfectly and blends in well with your tooth.
How long do tooth-colored fillings last?
Tooth-colored fillings can last for years if you take good care of your teeth. Be sure to brush and floss daily, and of course, it's also important to see Dr. Danielewicz for your regular oral health exams.
Just like your natural tooth enamel, composite fillings can be vulnerable to stains, so be cautious about consuming coffee, wine, tea, and other substances that could cause discoloration over time.
To get fillings that don't detract from your gorgeous smile, use online scheduling or call the Smile Doctors office to make your appointment today.