Tooth-colored fillings fix dental decay, but unlike old-fashioned metal fillings, they leave your smile seamlessly restored. Dr. Jennifer Robb, your dentist in Lorain, OH, uses these cosmetic fillings in a variety of treatment situations. If you have a cavity, likely she'll place one in your tooth.
Materials used in tooth-colored fillings
There are a few different materials which are cosmetically pleasing, durable and long-lasting. They bond directly to enamel, are naturally-colored and may be used on the chewing surfaces or cheek-side (buccal) portions of a tooth. They work in interdental spaces as well. Your Lorain dentist will determine which material will work best for your cavity.
Restorative materials include:
- Composite resin, a flexible, yet strong, blend of plastic (acrylic) and glass particles which mimics natural tooth structure in sheen and color
- Glass ionomer, a blend of glass and sustained-released fluoride used to restore decay near the gum line, on tooth roots or other areas of the tooth which are not exposed to the strenuous pressures of biting and chewing
- Porcelain inlays and onlays, or partial crowns, which are formed in the dental lab to restore larger cavities involving the chewing surfaces and cusps, or corners, of larger teeth
All these materials feature a long-shelf life if you take care of your teeth with proper brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and examinations with Dr. Robb. However, you should avoid hard foods, such as peanut brittle, because these can damage any filling or even dislodge it. Also, people who grind or clench their teeth usually experience excessive enamel wear. If this applies to you, ask Dr. Robb about a bite guard to cushion your teeth and your dental work.
When it's time for a filling...
The American Dental Association says that your dentist is your best ally in the fight against tooth decay. In addition to your diligent oral hygiene routine at home, and your tooth-friendly diet, Dr. Robb will provide you with careful six-month examinations which look for early signs of gum disease, decay, oral cancer and other issues. Your semi-annual cleanings remove the bacteria-filled plaque and tartar which begin cavities in the first place.
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Modern dentistry has much to offer in terms of preventive, restorative and cosmetic care. Tooth-colored fillings are just one item on a long list of services your family dentist provides so you have your best possible smile. If it's time for your routine check-up and professional cleaning, please call Dr. Robb's office in Lorain, OH, at (440) 960-1940.