Cosmetic Dentists & Family Dentists located in Morgan Hill, CA
If you have a cavity or break a tooth, you probably prefer a restoration that blends in with the rest of your smile. At Shorey Dentistry in Morgan Hill, California, Robert Shorey, DDS, uses his artistic skill to place a tooth-colored filling that blends in with your natural teeth. Dr. Shorey put himself through dental school working as a lab technician, where he refined his skills and dental artistry. Call the office, or request an appointment online today to find out more about tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Q&A
What are tooth-colored fillings?
If you get a cavity, you’ll need a filling to replace the decayed portion of your tooth. A tooth-colored filling repairs the tooth with a material that matches its natural color. Therefore, others won’t be able to see the filling material when you smile or open your mouth.
Dr. Shorey makes tooth-colored fillings using composite resin — a strong combination of ceramic and plastic. During your filling procedure, Dr. Shorey uses either a drill or a laser to remove the damaged or decayed parts of your tooth.
Then, he cleans the area to rid it of any remaining debris or bacteria, which could cause an infection if left in place. Finally, he applies the flexible composite resin in layers until it fills the tooth and hardens it with a light after each layer.
Using his artistic talents and skill, Dr. Shorey shapes the composite material, trims away the excess, and polishes it to match the luster of your natural tooth.
When do I need a tooth-colored filling?
Tooth-colored fillings are often preferable because they’re more discreet and aesthetically pleasing. Reasons for a filling include:
- Cracks in teeth
- Broken teeth
- Worn-down teeth (from bruxism (grinding), misalignment, or nail biting)
Cavities are common, even in children. However, you can prevent them by brushing twice a day, flossing, and getting professional cleanings at Shorey Dentistry twice a year.
How long does a tooth-colored filling last?
Tooth-colored fillings don’t last quite as long as traditional amalgam fillings, which are made of a metal compound.
However, many people still prefer tooth-colored fillings because of their natural appearance. Some people are also allergic to metals within amalgam fillings, so tooth-colored fillings are the only viable option.
Dependent on various factors, tooth-colored fillings last for approximately 5-15 years. Once your tooth-colored filling wears down, you’ll return to Shorey Dentistry for a replacement. Dr. Shorey and his team teach you to care for your filling and avoid behaviors that could shorten its longevity.
For additional information about tooth-colored fillings, call Shorey Dentistry to request an appointment or book online today.