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Making cavities disappear: Tooth colored fillings in Farmington Hills


At the office of Richard S. Bernstein D.D.S. in Farmington Hills, they recommend tooth colored fillings to their patients
In the past, when you had a cavity, it meant that you had to receive a silver-colored amalgam filling. Not only did these fillings stick out in a smile, they also have the potential to break or come loose in the tooth. Luckily, dentistry has come a long way and that includes the development of strong, cosmetically superior tooth colored fillings. These restorations can be matched perfectly to the color of your natural tooth enamel for a seamless filling that is effective and unnoticeable. At the office of Richard S. Bernstein D.D.S. in Farmington Hills, we recommend tooth colored fillings to our patients, because they are superior in both appearance and durability.

What are fillings?

Fillings are placed when there is a hole in the tooth from a cavity. It’s important to have cavities treated as soon as possible. When left untreated, cavities can cause extensive damage, leading to more complex restorations such as dental crowns, or can even lead to a complete loss of the tooth. Some signs that you may have a cavity include:

  • Tooth sensitivity or toothache
  • Pain when eating or drinking something hot, cold, or sweet
  • Pain when biting down
  • Visible hole in the tooth
  • Brown, black, or white stains on the enamel

Causes of cavities

Cavities occur because of tooth decay, which is a process that develops over time. It begins with the formation of plaque, a sticky substance that coats the tooth. Plaque builds up on the teeth after consuming sugary or starchy substances and not cleaning them off adequately. Over time, the bacteria that are naturally found in the mouth feed on this sugar and form plaque. When plaque is left on the teeth and not cleaned off, it will eventually harden into tartar, trapping the plaque and creating a shield for bacteria. Eventually, the acid from the bacteria-laden plaque cause tiny holes or erosion in the enamel, these are known as cavities. If this process is not stopped with treatment, the acid will eventually work its way through the enamel, and down to the dentin and pulp, causing severe damage and discomfort.

Tooth colored fillings

Tooth colored fillings are metal free and can be used in cavities that would have been previously filled with amalgam. These fillings restore the teeth and mimic natural enamel. Most tooth colored fillings are made from a material called composite resin.

Placing tooth colored fillings

Image of a Young Lady used with Tooth Coloured Fillings
Tooth colored fillings are placed directly into the tooth. Once the decay has been removed and the tooth has been cleaned, the dentist will apply conditioner to the area. This allows the pores in the enamel and dentin to open up before the bonding agent is placed into the tooth. The bonding agent is cured into the tooth to prepare it to adhere to the filling material.

The filling material is placed directly into the tooth and then shaped to mimic the natural shape of the tooth. It is then hardened with a special curing light. This process takes only a few minutes. Once the filling has hardened, the dentist will ask you to bite to make sure the teeth fit together properly. Adjustments will be made to ensure proper fit and the ability to floss between the teeth. The procedure is finished by smoothing and polishing the filling for a natural look and feel.

Benefits of tooth colored fillings

There are many advantages to tooth. -colored fillings. The most noticeable one is that they are much more natural-looking than metal fillings, because they can be matched to blend in seamlessly in the natural tooth. Another advantage is that tooth colored fillings do not expand and contract due to hot and cold temperatures like metal fillings. This can lead to the filling causing the tooth to crack or becoming loose within the tooth. The last advantage is that tooth colored fillings do not conduct heat like metal fillings, which makes them less susceptible to increases in tooth sensitivity.

Tooth colored fillings allow us to make cavities virtually disappear. If you are in the Farmington Hills. MI area and would like to learn more about tooth colored fillings, please call the office of Dr. Richard S. Bernstein D.D.S. at 248.636.2100 to schedule your consultation.

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