Tooth-Colored Fillings 101

Nowadays, there are more possibilities than ever when it comes to restoring your teeth. Whether you have damage or missing teeth due to cavities, oral disease, or dental injuries, restorative dentistry can get your smile back into tip-top shape. When it comes to treating cavities, fillings are the go-to treatment for reshaping a tooth after decay is removed. Here at Southwest Smiles Family Dentistry, we utilize high-quality, tooth-colored fillings to discreetly repair your tooth!

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin material that matches the natural color of teeth. This fact is one of the main advantages of this type of dental filling. They’ll blend right in with your teeth for a seamless, attractive appearance.

How Do Fillings Work?

Cavities are the holes left behind after decay has permanently damaged part of a tooth. During a filling procedure, we thoroughly clean out and disinfect the cavity before filling it in. Once it’s clean, we mold composite resin around the area and shape it to match the look of the surrounding teeth. Fillings restore the appearance, strength, and health of a tooth!

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

On top of their aesthetic advantages, tooth-colored fillings have a couple of other benefits, too. When your dental professional goes to put one in, they don’t have to remove as much of your natural tooth structure. You only get one set of permanent teeth in your life, so it’s always a good idea to save what you have! Additionally, because of the material of tooth-colored fillings, it’s possible to repair small sections of the restoration without having to put in a whole new one if there’s ever a problem with a small part of it.

How to Avoid Cavities

While we’re always here to help you if you have tooth decay, it’s always better to have no cavities at all. Here are some tips to help you keep your teeth cavity-free and healthy!

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Limit your consumption of sugary foods & drinks
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Chew only sugar-free gum
  • Visit Southwest Smiles Family Dentistry every six months for checkups & cleanings

Reach Out to Our Expert Team!

For additional cavity prevention tips, or to make sure your mouth is healthy and cavity-free, contact Southwest Smiles Family Dentistry. One of our team members would be thrilled to schedule an appointment that is convenient for your schedule. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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