Tooth Colored Fillings Are An Effective Treatment For Cavities That Restores Teeth To Their Normal Look And Function. Find Out If They're Right For You!

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Quality Dental Care in Lincoln, NE

At West Gate Dental, we proudly provide expert dental treatment to patients throughout the Lincoln, NE area. Dr. Rebecca Sowers and our highly-trained team  place a focus on providing top of the line dental care, working to create customized treatment plans that help create a beautiful smile in the long-term. Whenever possible, we strive to focus on preventive care – but when that fails, tooth-colored fillings are a powerful treatment to restore a tooth to its natural look and function.

About Tooth Colored Fillings

For a long time, the most common method to repair a tooth after a cavity was a metal filling made from silver amalgam. Silver amalgam fillings are effective and still in use today, but advances in dental technology now allow us to use new materials that match the color of your natural teeth perfectly.

A wealth of scientific and clinical data show that modern, tooth-colored fillings are safe, reliable, and long-lasting, and they provide a much more aesthetically-pleasing result than metal fillings. In addition to the improved aesthetics, tooth-colored fillings allow us to use a more conservative approach to the filling. We're able to conserve more of the tooth's original structure, helping to protect the long-term health of your tooth.

Modern tooth-colored fillings are made from a blend, or "composite" material, composed of plastic resins and silica fibers. This composite closely matches the look and feel of organic tooth structure, providing a strong, durable replacement. This has to do with how metal and composite fillings are placed in a tooth.

Why Tooth Colored Fillings Are Better than Metal

Generally, the procedure for filling any given tooth is about the same: your dentist anesthetizes the area, removes any decayed tooth structure, and prepares it for restoration. The filling is then placed directly into the tooth.

However, there's a difference in the bonding process between metal and composite fillings. Traditional amalgam fillings require your dentist to make a series of "undercuts" to hold the material in place. This requires the removal of some healthy tooth structure to get a good bond – and unfortunately, these undercuts can compromise the structural integrity of the tooth and lead to cracks.

Composite fillings, on the other hand, form a strong bond to tooth structure, because we use modern primers and bonding agents. This means Dr. Sowers doesn't have to make undercuts and can preserve the structural integrity of your natural tooth.

Types of Composite Fillings

Most composite fillings are used in moderate-sized restorations, which is the most common type of filling. In some cases, when a more extensive portion of tooth material must be replaced, we may opt to fabricate your filling in a lab and place it onto the tooth later on. We'll determine the ideal type of filling and treatment process during your evaluation.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Lincoln, NE Dentist

Composite fillings offer a convenient, effective option for treating a wide range of dental problems, and if you feel you may benefit from a composite filling or want to replace your old metal fillings, we'd be happy to help. Schedule an appointment online for a consultation with Dr. Sowers. We'll design a personalized treatment plan and help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile as quickly and conveniently as possible.