Tooth Colored Fillings

Do you have a cavity? Or is tooth pain making you suspicious? If you have a cavity, then tooth-colored fillings are the modern approach to repairing them. These fillings not only look more attractive, they can be more healthy for your teeth and your body. They can be easily completed in one visit, but they can last as long as metal fillings.

Are you looking for a dentist in Greeley who provides quality care to place your filling? Greeley Dental Health is a friendly, welcoming practice with highly skilled dentists. Please call (970) 353-4329 today for an appointment at our conveniently located office.

What are tooth-colored fillings made of?

Most tooth-colored fillings are made of resin composite: a plastic that has ceramic material in it to add strength.

Some are made of advanced ceramics that are very strong.

How are tooth-colored fillings placed?

With composite fillings, damaged tooth material is removed, then the composite is applied. It starts as a soft, formable putty, so it can be spread into the prepared space. Then a curing light is applied, which causes the plastic to harden, making it more durable.

Why do cavities form?

Cavities are caused by acid released by bacteria living on your teeth (that’s what’s in the plaque you remove from your teeth when you brush). The bacteria eat sugar and other carbohydrates, turning them into acid. This acid attacks your teeth, removing the enamel and creating small holes.

Why are fillings used to treat cavities?

Once a cavity forms, it is likely to grow. It becomes a shelter for bacteria and it can trap food that feed bacteria so they can produce more acid. Filling a cavity stops its growth. Without them, cavities grow until the tooth needs more serious repair, which may require a dental crown or even root canal therapy.

How long do tooth-colored fillings last?

Tooth-colored fillings last about 10 years, although they can last longer when properly cared for. The biggest risk to them is new decay that occurs around the filling, causing it to loosen. To avoid this risk, use special care to make sure you clean around a filling.

How common are cavities?

Cavities are very common, probably the most common chronic health condition in the US. About a third of children have cavities before they reach kindergarten. About 40% of adolescents have had cavities. And more than 90% of adults experience cavities at some point in their lives.

Why not use metal amalgam?

Metal amalgam used to be commonly used for fillings. But it has many problems. First, it contains mercury, which is a highly toxic metal. Second, it looks unattractive, especially after it rusts and turns black. Finally, it can damage teeth, so that if they fail, they often leave teeth in need of major repairs.