Tooth Color Fillings

The filling is a method of restoring the normal function and shape of a tooth that was damaged by dental caries.  The defective material has to be removed from the tooth prior to applying the filling.  The dentist cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned cavity with the filling material.  Tooth colored fillings, also called white fillings, are dental fillings that restore and mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure.

This filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth.  Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.  In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth colored fillings may also be used cosmetically to change the size, color and shape of teeth.  This is particularly useful in closing gaps between teeth; repairing chipped teeth and making teeth appear to be more straight or even.

Aesthetics are the main advantage of tooth colored fillings, since dentists can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth.  Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.

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