Tooth Colored Filling
Q: What are tooth-colored fillings?
A: Tooth-colored fillings are made from durable plastics called composite resins. Similar in color and texture to natural teeth, the fillings are less noticeable, and much more attractive, than other types of fillings.
Q: What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?
A: Because composite resins are tooth-colored, they look more natural than other filling materials. Your child can smile, talk, and eat with confidence. In addition, tooth-colored fillings are compatible with dental sealants. A tooth can be filled and sealed at the same time to prevent further decay. They are also more conservative in their preparations vs. amalgam fillings.
Q: What are disadvantages?
A: First, tooth-colored fillings are not for every tooth. They work best in small restorations and low-stress areas. For example, your pediatric dentist may not recommend a tooth-colored filling for a large cavity and a stainless steel crown may be recommended instead.
Q: How do I care for a tooth-colored filling?
A: Brush, floss, and visit your dentist. Any filling will last longer with good oral hygiene. Your pediatric dentist will regularly check the fillings for color change, leakage, or unusual wear and inform you of the need for repair or replacement.