Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Cavities can happen to anyone – in fact, tooth decay is the second most prevalent disease in the U.S. after the common cold! Even if you and your family are diligent about your oral health care, you can still develop tooth decay. If you do get a cavity, we need to address the problem as quickly as possible to remove the decay and fill the tooth to prevent further damage.
At our Covina dental office we are committed to providing services that not only treat and correct dental problems, but also enhance the appearance of your smile. Tooth-colored fillings are one example of a procedure that does both.
Advances in dental technology have produced some really amazing materials and procedures that were unavailable just a few years ago. These improvements allow us to offer updated treatments like tooth-colored fillings that protect your oral health and leave you with a bright, beautiful smile.
An Alternative to Amalgam Fillings
You have probably heard a lot in recent years about the dangers of mercury in amalgam (silver) tooth fillings. These claims are greatly exaggerated and actually have no basis in fact. The American Dental Association and other public health agencies have established that amalgam is perfectly safe for use in dental fillings.
However, Dr. Huang chooses to use natural-looking, tooth-colored fillings because of the advantages they offer. The composite material that is used for these fillings is durable and resilient and can effectively support a weakened tooth because of their ability to bond with its natural structure.
From an aesthetic perspective, the great thing about this material is that it can be shaded to match the exact color of your teeth. Since they blend so perfectly with your natural teeth, Dr. Huang can use tooth-colored fillings to address a number of dental concerns:
- Filling in small chips
- Repairing broken or cracked teeth
- Improving the shape of irregular teeth
- Filling in gaps between teeth
- Replacing darkened or deteriorating silver fillings
Preserving Healthy Tooth Structure
Another important advantage of using composite material for fillings is that we need to remove only the decayed portion of the tooth to place a filling. It is our goal to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible to keep your smile whole and healthy for many years.
Contact Our Office to Make an Appointment
Tooth-colored fillings are a valuable addition to modern dental treatments that restore your teeth and protect your oral health. If you are overdue for a dental exam, please contact our Covina dental office as soon as possible, and we will be happy to arrange a convenient appointment. In most cases, regular dental exams will allow us to find and treat cavities at their very earliest stages.