Tooth Colored Fillings
Replace the gold and silver of the past with natural looking materials.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
In the 1970's, "white fillings" came into common use. These "tooth-colored fillings" were made of a plastic dental resin filled with microscopic filler particles and were called composites. When dental composites were first introduced, they could only be used in the front teeth, because they weren't strong enough to withstand the chewing pressure of the back teeth.
Today, these fillings are colored to match the patient's teeth and are practically invisible to the untrained eye. Tooth-colored fillings can be used for aesthetic and/or medical purposes. These tooth-colored fillings can replace old and worn dental amalgam, gold or other metal fillings.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings made of?
The composites of today have been vastly improved over the ones developed nearly forty years ago. Modern-day composite fillings are a mixture of resin, glass or quartz and porcelain ceramics. These materials are more resilient and long lasting. Dr. Glasser is proud to offer tooth-colored fillings to his patients and encourages patients to take advantage of their natural appearance.
Tooth-colored fillings are bonded directly to the affected tooth to restore small areas of decay or to replace current fillings. They are placed in the same way as traditional metal fillings, but may take a little longer to perform. The tooth must be kept dry and free of saliva. After the decay is removed, Dr. Glasser applies an adhesive to the tooth along with the white composite filling, which is then hardened into place with a special light.