Natural colored tooth fillings for the perfect smile.
Cosmetic and restorative procedures are available to individuals who seek to restore the structure, appearance, and integrity of their teeth. Although decay and chipped teeth are the most common reasons someone would require these services other problems such as tooth erosion and abrasion can also be addressed. The need for fillings is usually identified by your dentist during a general dental checkup at your regularly scheduled visit.
Restorative fillings are done when a tooth has decay or has lost structure. These are the most common types of fillings in any dental office and we do dozens of these procedures every week in our Park Ridge dental practice. There are multiple materials that can be used to restore teeth. They include composite, amalgam, cast gold, and ceramics.
When a tooth can not be re-shaped by simple adjustment or if the shade is not to your liking, we consider cosmetic fillings. Whereas contouring involves changing the shape of the teeth by removing enamel, a filling is the addition of a dental material in order to change a tooth’s shape, look, and color.
The exact material used depends on the desired look, availability, and patient preference. Most of the time a composite filling material is used, but for custom cosmetic dentistry a lab made porcelain filling can also be used to change the look and function of your teeth.
Tooth contouring is another term for tooth reshaping. It’s important to note that not only can it fix cosmetic issues such as uneven teeth, overlaps, pointing, and chips but it is also used to repair subtle bite problems as well.
Unfortunately, chipped or otherwise uneven teeth standout considerably. Thankfully many patients find our tooth contouring procedure infinitely beneficial to the betterment of their smile and overall self-confidence. Although this is a very simple and straightforward procedure we take extra care when determining which patients are most at risk for any would-be future problems. This is because if proper precautions aren’t met the reshaping process can result in a significant bite imbalance. For this reason, each potential candidate goes through a meticulous examination to ensure that your smile and overall oral health will improve, not worsen after the procedure.
What to expect
As mentioned above, typical tooth contouring operations are very straightforward. Also, you may be pleased to hear that virtually no pain is experienced during or after your procedure. Some patients however, may experience mild tooth sensitivity issues for upwards of a day or two after completion.
Because only the enamel of the tooth is reshaped, the patient will most likely not sense any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
At the end of the procedure, you’ll be able to look into a mirror and instantly notice the changes. Patients are often floored and filled with joy upon seeing their rejuvenated smile.
Here’s a quick brief on each:
Amalgam is what most people think of as the silver fillings. They are mainly used for back teeth that are out of sight. Though there has been controversy about these fillings and its contents, the ADA has made many statements that they are completely safe to use and are a wonderful option to use to restore your teeth.
Cast gold fillings are a wonderful material to use in your mouth. There is very little wear on your opposing teeth when gold is used. It is also noted that genuine gold is non-reactive, meaning you won’t have to worry about corrosion.
Ceramic fillings are mostly made of porcelain or zirconia, which gives them the added benefit of being able to match the color of most shades of teeth. These restorations are made at a lab and mimic teeth shape and color beautifully.
Composite fillings are a natural colored and can be used to change the color of teeth or help give you a more natural smile by fixing misshapen teeth. This material is set by using a light to cure the material. The composite filling can be shaped and polished. The main advantage of composite fillings is that the coloring can be matched to your tooth shade, making them less noticeable.