Tooth Colored Filling

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Covina, CA

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Tooth Colored Filling

Cavities are one of the most common dental concerns, and tooth-colored fillings allow for beautiful and natural-looking restorations. For residents in and around Covina, California, Sooyeol Sohn, DDS, of Triple S Dental offers gorgeous restoration options that both preserve and beautify your smile. Call or click to set up your visit at your earliest convenience. 

What are cavities?

Cavities are small holes or areas of damage that extend into your tooth tissue. Every day, your mouth is filled with a mix of saliva, food particles, and bacteria. Plaque is a sticky film that develops when starches and sugars cling to your teeth. 

The bacteria in plaque will quickly begin to remove the minerals in your enamel, creating tiny holes. Left untreated, these openings can deepen as more bacteria and acid intrude into the deeper layers of your teeth. 

Cavities cannot heal on their own and will only worsen if left untreated. If the decay reaches your tooth's inner chamber, you may need a root canal to treat the infection. Advanced decay can also cause infection at the base of a tooth root. 

What are dental fillings?

A dental filling is a treatment for dental cavities. Fillings work by closing the opening into your tooth tissue, creating a strong barrier that prevents additional plaque and bacteria from invading. 

In decades past, metal amalgam fillings were the primary treatment option. Though strong and durable, metal fillings are also quite noticeable when you laugh or smile. 

Tooth-colored fillings offer the chance to restore your smile without creating dark areas on the surface of your teeth. They are made from a composite of ceramic and plastic materials and can be shaded to match the exact color of your natural tooth tissue. 

What is the process for getting a tooth colored filling?

Your dentist begins by administering a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during your visit. Next, all areas of decayed tooth tissue are removed until a layer of healthy tissue is revealed. 

The cleared cavity is carefully cleaned to remove all traces of bacteria and debris. The composite resin is prepared and then applied within the cleared cavity, where it bonds with your tooth tissue. Once the material hardens, it is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Compared with traditional metal amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings allow your teeth to be restored without removing as much healthy tissue. This makes them a conservative and beautiful restoration option. 

If you’d like to learn more about tooth-colored fillings, call Triple S Dental today to schedule a visit, or book online any time of day or night.