When most people think of fillings, they imagine teeth covered in small pieces of metal. But what if you could get a filling that looked just like your tooth? At South Indy Dental in Indianapolis, you can. Experienced general dentist William Johnson, DDS, and his team offer tooth-colored fillings to patients who want to restore their decayed teeth without metal fillings or extensive dental work. For more information, call South Indy Dental or book an appointment online.
Tooth-colored fillings, or white fillings, are a natural looking alternative to traditional metal fillings. Made out of composite resin, they blend in with the color of your tooth enamel, so you can’t even tell you have a filling. Most dentists recommend tooth-colored fillings for the front of your mouth, where you see them most.
Dr. Johnson and the South Indy Dental team use tooth-colored fillings to restore decayed teeth, fill in chips, and more.
Tooth-colored fillings offer several benefits over metal alternatives, including:
It’s difficult to smile with confidence when all you see is metal. Tooth-colored fillings look just like the rest of your teeth, so you never feel embarrassed to smile.
Metal fillings leave dark stains on your teeth over time. Because composite fillings are white, they can’t cause tooth stains.
Unlike metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings actually bond to your teeth, which helps restore their natural strength.
Dr. Johnson and the South Indy Dental team custom match the shade of your new filling to your teeth, so it looks as natural as possible.
Metal fillings can actually expand and contract during temperature changes, which may cause them to crack. Because tooth-colored fillings don’t change with the temperature, they lower your risk of a serious dental emergency in the future. They also work well for patients with metal allergies.
First, the South Indy Dental team numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic, then prepares the tooth by removing any decay. Once the tooth is prepped, the team places the filling material over your tooth to rebuild its size and strength.
With a traditional metal filling, the team has to remove a small portion of your healthy tooth for the filling to properly bond to the tooth. This process, called “undercutting,” is not necessary for composite fillings, so you can keep as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible.
When cared for properly, composite fillings can last up to seven years or more. To find out if these tooth-colored restorations are right for you, call South Indy Dental or schedule a consultation online.