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December 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Here in Grand Forks, ND, your family dentist, Dr. Steven Erlandson, provides fillings to help you maintain a healthier and whiter smile.tooth colored fillings

More About Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles and is used to fix issues, such as:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Fractures
  • Decays

The Procedure

In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your family dentist will apply an etching solution to the surface of your tooth, then the composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied and molded to the right shape. The last step consists of the composite being hardened in place with a curing light.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Composite

After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural, especially if the tooth being filled is visible while you smile. Some other advantages include:

  • Unlike silver amalgam, tooth-colored fillings won't turn teeth into a gray tint over time.
  • As mentioned before, your teeth will look natural, so you won't feel self-conscious when you smile.
  • The composite strengthens your teeth, so you can enjoy your meals without worrying about applying too much pressure on teeth.

Maintaining your Cosmetic Dentistry Restorations

Dental bondings require the same care as all your teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, and floss at least once. This will help keep your teeth healthy and avoid new cavities from flourishing in your new tooth-colored fillings, or any of your other teeth.

Consultation at our Grand Forks Office

For more information about tooth-colored fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call your Grand Forks, ND, family dentist, Dr. Steven Erlandson, at (701) 772-6581.