Cosmetic fillings are an aesthetic alternative to the common silver amalgams used to repair damage to teeth. Sometimes called ceramic or white fillings, they are designed to match the color of your teeth.
After any tooth decay is removed and the tooth prepped and cleaned, the cosmetic filling is placed into the tooth and shaped to match the appearance of your natural tooth. A strong curing light is used to harden it in seconds. Once it has hardened, your dentist will check your bite to be sure your teeth fit together properly, and will make adjustments to make sure it fits seamlessly before polishing it to a clean, white finish.
These fillings are made of a composite resin that bonds to your tooth’s natural chemical structure, eliminating the need for slots, pins, or grooves in healthy teeth. Cosmetic fillings are strong and durable, and do not cause sensitivity in teeth. Composite fillings can be used to repair broken or chipped teeth, fill gaps between teeth, or make teeth appear more straight and even.
Whether you’re suffering from a cavity or a broken tooth, cosmetic fillings can help restore your smile to full radiance.