By Anderson Dental
August 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out what tooth-colored fillings can do to improve the health of your smile.fillings

Most people know what dental fillings are. Perhaps you are about to get one yourself or you already know someone who has one or more. Our Fargo, ND, cosmetic dentists Drs. Jon and Brad Anderson and Dr. Breding know that having metal in your mouth can be unsightly and may detract from your beautiful smile, which is why we offer tooth-colored fillings.

What are composite fillings?

Composite fillings are typically used to restore the shape of a tooth after a cavity. Once the decayed enamel has been drilled away, we will need to fill these visible holes. Of course, there are instances when a dentist may use metal amalgam fillings (particularly to restore back teeth), but most of the time composite fillings can be used.

This same moldable tooth-colored resin can be used to also cosmetically enhance the shape, size or color of a tooth in a technique known as dental bonding. This resin can even cover over small chips and cracks and fill small gaps between teeth.

What are the benefits of getting composite fillings in Fargo?

The most obvious benefit is that composite fillings are tooth-colored, so this restoration will not be visible when you smile. In fact, the resin is even matched to the shade of your teeth to make sure that the filling matches as closely as possible.

In some cases, placing this filling could actually strengthen and improve the tooth’s durability (this is often the case if you have a tooth that has been cracked or chipped). The composite resin is matched to your tooth and then applied in layers. The resin has a putty-like texture and is placed over the tooth to restore its shape. After each layer is shaped, our Fargo dentists will harden the resin in place with a special dental laser.

Have questions about composite fillings? Need to schedule your routine dental exam? Call Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, today and find out how we can help your smile.