tooth colored composite fillings

Composite Tooth Colored Fillings Restore Your Natural Tooth Form and Function

The days of the old-school silver mercury amalgam fillings are long gone.  Dr. Monteiro places only metal free fillings at River Oaks Dental.  Today’s tooth colored filling materials are stronger than ever, and put less stress on the tooth compared to the metal fillings placed years ago.   The best part is they look and feel just like your natural tooth, and nobody will know you have a filling as it blends seamlessly with the tooth around it.

When a cavity forms in a tooth, a filling can be placed to restore it.  After removing the cavity or decayed tooth structure, a tooth colored (composite) material is placed to fill the space and restore the shape and function of the tooth.

Many people have silver amalgam fillings that have been in service for many years, maybe even decades!  Dr Monteiro is conservative in managing these old fillings-if they are holding up well, she does not recommend replacing them.  She will evaluate these older fillings routinely to determine when replacement is necessary.  The most common reason to replace an older amalgam filling is when the margins (where the filling meets the tooth) starts to break down, or when decay has formed around the old filling.

When a cavity or existing filling is too big to be replaced by a composite tooth colored filling, a porcelain crown may be needed to achieve an esthetic and long-lasting result and ensure the long term health of the tooth.  

We also use composite tooth colored fillings in a process called bonding.  With bonding, there is not a cavity or existing filling to replace, but there is an esthetic or cosmetic concern, such as gaps between teeth, black triangles from receding gums, or small chips in the teeth.  Composite bonding is a conservative and affordable procedure to address these major cosmetic concerns in an efficient manner. 

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