Tooth Colored Fillings in Maspeth
If you're unhappy with the appearance of your smile because of tooth decay or dark-colored amalgam fillings, you may want to consider a more cosmetic alternative: composite resin, tooth-colored restorations. A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite resin fillings restore teeth to their attractive, healthy, and natural state. They also offer numerous advantages when compared to traditional silver or amalgam fillings, including:
- Improved cosmetic appearance
- A maximum amount of dental structure is preserved
- Directly applied fillings are completed in one, short appointment
- Easily shaped to match natural dental structure
Because tooth-colored fillings are not made from metal, we are able to blend and customize shades to perfectly match natural teeth. This means composite resin fillings are completely undetectable to the untrained eye. Additionally, the strong bond between the tooth and the composite resin actually supports and improves the strength of remaining dental structure, preventing future breakage and infection; it also insulates against temperature changes. Medium and small composites can last between seven and ten years, which is just as long as the tried and true amalgams. Best of all, composite resin fillings allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact as part of our commitment to conservative dentistry. We want every patient to keep his or her healthy, natural teeth for a lifetime!
While the composite resin filling process is typically comfortable, some patients experience mild, temporary post-placement sensitivity. We recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages, which may discolor composites over time; as an alternative, ask Dr. Lorber about coating fillings with a clear plastic sealant. Contact Maspeth Dental to find out more about tooth-colored fillings for residents from Glendale, Maspeth, and beyond.