Tooth-Colored Fillings Q & A
What are tooth-colored fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made of white dental materials that your dentist applies to teeth that are cracked, chipped, decaying, or contain minor imperfections.
Fillings restore a tooth’s appearance and reduce the risk of serious dental complications. Because they are white, tooth-colored fillings blend in perfectly with the color of your natural teeth.
Do I need a dental filling?
To find out if you need dental fillings, the Dr. Aaronson & Associates team discusses your oral health history and examines your teeth and gums. Signs you may need a dental filling include tooth pain, a visible hole in a tooth, or tooth discoloration.
Your dentist might take dental X-rays to get the full picture of your dental health before developing a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and desired outcome.
If you have severe tooth decay, your dentist could recommend a crown, root canal, or tooth extraction in some cases. Tooth-colored fillings are usually a good option for minor dental issues.
What should I expect when getting a tooth-colored filling?
Your dentist can numb the treatment area if needed prior to getting a tooth-colored filling, but in many cases, local anesthesia isn’t necessary.
Your dentist removes any decay from the tooth prior to filling it with specialized dental materials that restore your tooth. They might use a laser when applying a filling. Each procedure is usually fast and painless.
There’s no downtime after getting a tooth-colored filling, so you can resume your daily routine right away. The treatment area might feel a little tender for a day or two.
How should I care for my new tooth-colored filling?
Take good care of your teeth and new filing by brushing your teeth after meals, flossing daily, and not chewing on popcorn kernels or other hard objects.
See the dental team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates every six months for cleanings and dental exams. Call the office at the first sign of tooth pain, discoloration, or a pit in your tooth to reduce the risk of serious complications.
To learn more about tooth-colored fillings, call the Dr. Aaronson & Associates office or schedule an appointment online today.