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Tooth-Colored Fillings

Even with excellent oral hygiene, most patients will experience tooth decay at some point in their life. Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in plaque feed off the sugars and other carbohydrates you eat. During this process, the bacteria produce acids that eat away at your tooth enamel. As the acids eat away at your enamel, cavities begin to form.

At Prosthodontic Dental Group we offer several options to fill cavities and protect your teeth from further decay. Thanks to technological advancements, we can fabricate tooth-colored fillings that are durable, dependable, and discrete. Composite resin and porcelain materials can now be used to fill both small and large cavities.

Composite Resin Fillings

Composite resin is a mixture of fine glass and plastic particles. For direct fillings, we will prepare the tooth by removing the decayed material and sterilizing the area. The composite resin is then applied in layers, while your specialist intermittently uses a curing light to harden the material. Composite resin is an excellent way to fill cavities located in the anterior (front) region of your mouth, specifically the visible parts of your teeth.

Although rare, composite resin can also be used for indirect fillings (inlays and onlays). Our team will prepare the tooth and take an impression. Then, the impression is sent to the laboratory, where they will make the filling from the mold. During a second visit, we will cement the filling into place.

Porcelain Fillings

Porcelain is used in dentistry to create some restorations, such as inlays and onlays veneers, crowns, and dental implants. An indirect filling made from porcelain involves the same process as composite resin. We will prepare your tooth, make an impression, and utilize a dental laboratory to fabricate your final restoration. Porcelain fillings tend to be more expensive than composite resin because of superior aesthetics.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Composite resin fillings offer the following advantages:
Close up of before and after images of a patient's dental cavity filled with a white filling by their dentist in Sacramento, CA.
•  Your filling can be colored to match your existing teeth.
•  Typically, the procedure for composite resin fillings is fast and can be finished in one appointment.
•  More of your natural tooth enamel is preserved with composite resin fillings. The bonding process is responsible for the strength of the filling, not the shape.
•  Composite resin can be combined with other materials, such as glass ionomer, to utilize the benefits of both materials.
•  Composite resin results in little or no tooth sensitivity. This may not be the case for other materials, such as amalgam (silver) fillings.
•  Composite resin can be treated like your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups.
•  If your filling is damaged, we will be able to repair it with ease.

Porcelain (indirect) fillings offer the following advantages:
•  Porcelain offers superior aesthetics. It can be molded to match the texture and light-reflective properties of tooth enamel.
•  Porcelain is also more resistant to staining and abrasion than composite resin.
•  Porcelain inlays and onlays tend to last longer than composite resin.
•  Porcelain can be treated like your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups.

Schedule Your Appointment

To learn more about tooth-colored fillings, schedule an appointment by calling (916) 264-9655 today!
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