Improve the appearance of your smile with tooth filling
According to the latest research into tooth filling, a person’s smile may just be one of his or her biggest assets. A skilled restorative dentist with offices in Vernon Hills and Chicago, Dr. Kumar respect’s his patients’ wishes for a natural smile aesthetic when planning tooth repair. With tooth-colored filling made of durable, beautiful composite material, the smile remains natural after tooth repair. Tooth-colored fillings are so natural-looking and so long-lasting that many people are now choosing to replace unattractive amalgam or “silver” fillings with this solution.
What is tooth filling?
A tooth-colored filling, inlay, or onlay may be molded from composite resin, which is a mixture of glass and plastic. Composite resin is a pliable material that is also often used to repair cracks, chips, or cosmetic imperfections in the bonding procedure.
Advantages of tooth-colored restorations
Composite resin is ideal for cavity repair for a number of reasons:
- The natural aesthetic of the smile is preserved with composite fillings. Amalgam fillings are often called “silver” fillings because, when first placed, that is the color of amalgam. Over time, however, amalgam darkens and becomes exceedingly obvious in the smile. Composite can be color-matched to surrounding tooth structure, which means the restoration is not even noticed.
- Composite is a material that is quite similar to natural enamel. Specifically, the composite resin mixture expands and contracts under thermal stresses in a fashion very similar to enamel. Amalgam fillings, it has been learned, tends to expand and contract more than enamel. The expansion of amalgam places natural tooth structure under stress, potentially leading to fracture over time. The contraction of amalgam may lead to gaps at the margin of the filling, allowing bacteria to move in where they cannot be detected.
- Tooth-colored fillings are very supportive to the remaining tooth structure, restoring full function through the bonding process. The bonding process, as well, facilitates a more conservative process that requires less structural alteration of tooth material.
Tooth repair has evolved with the development of durable, attractive materials. Your dentist can keep you smiling by planning your restorative care to include materials such as composite resin or high-quality ceramic.
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