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Find out everything about cosmetic fillings
There several types of dental fillings for restoring damaged teeth, but often people restore and improve their teeth using composite resin. The reason most people opt for composite resins is because it blends with the tooth color, which makes it unnoticeable. Composite resins may be used to restore minor tooth cracking or chipping that don’t require crowns or veneers. A dental filling is one of the most commonly used procedures in dentistry and can be used to restore cavities and chipped or fractured teeth.
What are cosmetic fillings? Unlike traditional dental fillings, cosmetic fillings are colored. They are natural-looking and thus it is hard to notice them. Unlike the old school amalgam dental fillings which are metal in nature, our fillings here at URBN dental are BPA-free tooth-colored fillings. Thus, we ensure that your smile is as beautiful as ever!
Cosmetic fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are used to restore the structure of the tooth. Amalgam fillings were traditionally used in the past to restore cavities and decayed teeth. Nowadays both the patient and the dentist prefer using composite resin because not only does it restore the tooth structure and functions, but also has the esthetic value and come in a variety of shades that blend with the natural teeth. Cosmetic dental fillings at 77002 and 77027 are made of composite plastic resin that are esthetic and BPA-free.
Why do you need cosmetic fillings?
Even though traditional amalgam fillings have been around for decades, they are becoming obsolete with the rise of newer restorative materials such as the composite resin. Amalgam fillings get the work done and are quite inexpensive, but they also come with drawbacks. The main drawback is that they are metal in nature and therefore are not ideal for restoration in the esthetic zone. Cosmetic fillings, on the other hand, blends in with the natural teeth color and can therefore be used to restore the front teeth. More and more dentists and patients opt for composite resin because of this esthetic and natural look.
There are several reasons you need cosmetic fillings. Do you have gapped teeth? Is your tooth cracked, broken or a chipped tooth? Do you have a worn-out tooth or a small tooth cavity? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you are a good candidate for cosmetic fillings.
Who is more susceptible to needing cosmetic fillings?
Your teeth may look durable, strong and tough, but it is important to know that they can crack or fracture due to stress and trauma like a blow to the face, a fall or an impact. Tooth fracture can be a serious or minor problem. While some cracks can be noticed right away, others are very subtle and unnoticeable. Some symptoms like discomfort, sharp pain and sensitivity may signify the presence of cracks within or around your tooth.
It may seem hard to prevent your teeth from cracking. However, there are some preventative measures you can follow to ensure you are less susceptible to cracks and other fractures. For instance, you should avoid the habit of chewing on hard foods like unpopped popcorn, ice, and pens to name a few. If you play contact sports or have the habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, make sure you wear a mouth guard or nightguard when playing or sleeping. If the unhealthy habits are not discontinued, you may end up with cracked teeth, making you more susceptible to needing cosmetic fillings.
Another common dental problem is tooth decay, or cavities. Plaque build up are one of the main causes of tooth cavity. A person increases their chances of developing cavities if one does not maintain good oral hygiene and does not floss or brush regularly. Regardless, you should avoid sugary foods, dark drinks, alcohol and tobacco.
How do you treat a patient using cosmetic fillings?
The first step to placing cosmetic fillings is preparing the tooth. The dentist preps the tooth and removes any decay first. Local anesthesia may be necessary for restoring larger cavities that extend into deeper structures of the tooth. Compared to amalgam flings, cosmetic fillings require less tooth to be drilled. After cleaning the tooth of all decay, the dentist applies an etchant and a primer to open up the enamel and dentin pores. Bonding is then placed right before the composite filling to ensure retention of the cosmetic filling.
The second step is placing the filling material. The dentist at URBN Dental Uptown and Midtown will place the filling material and shape the tooth to look like a natural tooth. The dentist will use a strong curing light to harden the composite. Lastly, they will check and adjust the bite to ensure that the filling is not hitting first and you are biting naturally and comfortably.
After adjustments are made, the dentist at 77002 and 77027 will smooth and polish the fixed composite filling to make them look and feel like natural teeth. Not only do cosmetic fillings restore decayed, chipped and fractured teeth, they also enhance your smile! You don’t have to tolerate the unattractive amalgam fillings anymore.
What are the symptoms of someone who needs cosmetic fillings?
Cosmetic dental fillings at URBN Dental are great for fixing small cavities. However, not everyone is a great candidate for cosmetic fillings. For example, extensive cavities that remove most of the solid tooth structures require dental crowns for maximum protection.
What makes you a good candidate for cosmetic fillings? These are issues that can be addressed using cosmetic fillings:
- Minor tooth fractures (chipped, cracked or broken teeth)
- Gapped teeth
- Minor tooth decay
- Worn out teeth
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