If you’ve ever had a filling or have been told you have a cavity that needs treatment, you may be afraid that you’ll end up with a shiny metal filling that both looks and feels unnatural. Fortunately, the days of unsightly silver and amalgam fillings are gone. At Pearl White Dentistry, experienced Fort Lauderdale dentist Dr. Natalia Benda-Celenski offers a better, safer option: tooth-colored fillings.
Sometimes referred to as “white fillings,” tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resin, match the natural shade of your teeth for seamless coverage. They can be used to treat cavities, change the size, shape, and color of any existing teeth, repair chipped or broken teeth, as well as close small gaps between teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings provide numerous benefits for both patients in need of restorative dentistry and those looking to improve their smile cosmetically. Tooth-colored fillings can repair new spots of decay or replace old, unsightly, and/or failing gray fillings. Additionally, the same material can be used to make cosmetic improvements to the smile with direct bonding.
Tooth-colored fillings can be applied to your natural teeth or to implants. They are also safe to use on both children and adults. You may be an ideal candidate for a tooth-colored filling if you:
Like all types of fillings, the tooth-colored option is not permanent and may require replacement anywhere from five to eight years after initial placement. However, with good oral hygiene practices, such as daily flossing and brushing after every meal, along with routine checkups and cleanings, you can preserve the integrity of these fillings and extend their lifespan. Those who tend to clench or grind their teeth are more likely to need filling replacement sooner.
Whether you need to fill a cavity or would like to improve the overall appearance of your teeth, tooth-colored fillings are the ideal option for restoring the health and beauty of your smile. Consult with Dr. Natalia today to determine if the tooth-colored option is right for you by calling our Fort Lauderdale office at (954) 491-8812 or scheduling an appointment online.