Tooth-colored fillings, also called composite fillings, are dental restoratives used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. When decay occurs, a dental restoration is needed to help protect the child's tooth from further damage. Tooth-colored fillings offer a natural-looking alternative to metal fillings in dental restoration.
Because tooth-colored fillings are more aesthetically appealing, your child might not feel as self-conscious about their smile. Silver fillings can be noticeable in a smile, which may prohibit your child from smiling or laughing as often as they’d like.
Tooth-colored fillings are completely safe. Silver fillings contain metal that is absorbed into the body. Your child may notice a metal taste in their mouth. Tooth-colored fillings do not contain any metal, so your child will not have a metal taste in their mouth. The composite material we use to create them contains no dangerous chemicals, and we use mercury-free fillings.
The best way to care for tooth-colored fillings is to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Be sure to brush for two minutes at a time and floss gently between each tooth.
Dental fillings are durable but not invincible. In fact, they can crack or break under certain circumstances.
Wear and tear is the most common reason for dental fillings to need replacement. Over time, your mouth can crack, chip, and damage your dental filling. It can also cause the filling to fall out.
Teeth grinding is a common reason for tooth-colored dental fillings to need replacement. Grinding and clenching can put pressure on your teeth and cause the dental fillings to weaken and break.
Tooth-colored fillings are considered strong and durable. Most dentists use tooth-colored fillings for small to medium-sized cavities in children. A tooth-colored filling will blend in with your child’s teeth, so the filling will be barely noticeable. Fillings will also make your child’s tooth stronger, so the tooth will not crack or break again.
Contact Grant Gerety, DDS at Warren Clinic Bldg # 7, 4606 E. 67th St., Suite 310, Tulsa, OK 74136. Call us at (918) 493-3031 to book an appointment.