Cosmetic fillings are dental fillings that look and feel like your natural teeth. They are safe, long-lasting, and do not give your teeth a silvery appearance. They are the most common type of filling today, so consult with our dentist at Soos Creek Dental in Covington, WA, to learn how you may treat your cavities and replace your unsightly old silver amalgam fillings with beautiful composite fillings.
What Is Cosmetic Filling?
Cosmetic fillings are a tooth-colored alternative to standard amalgam fillings that are used to restore decayed areas in teeth. They are less visible than amalgam fillings and help to improve the appearance of your smile.
Types of Cosmetic Fillings
The most frequent is a silver amalgam filling, which is the conventional filling used for most cavities, particularly those in the back of the mouth, such as molars or wisdom teeth.
In addition to the typical silver filling, you have two more options. The first option is composite resin, and the second is ceramic. Composite resin fillings are most commonly utilized in front teeth and can be colored to match the rest of the visible teeth. Ceramic fillings can be used in a variety of applications such as crowns, veneers, and simple fillings throughout the mouth.
Benefits of Cosmetic Fillings
The composite material used for cosmetic fillings is composed of acrylic resin and porcelain particles that closely resemble the natural color of your teeth.
Cosmetic fillings are constructed of a long-lasting and robust substance. The filling will help to keep your tooth together and prevent the possibility of future fractures. Although all fillings eventually need to be changed, cosmetic fillings can last for many years.
The Procedure for Placing Cosmetic Fillings
The procedure for placing aesthetic fillings varies according to the type of filling and the location.
When it comes to aesthetic fillings, dentists use two fundamental methods. The first type is a direct filling, while the second is an indirect inlay. In the direct method, the dentist simply removes the decayed parts, cleans the cavity, sets the filling directly, then uses a blue light to help solidify the filling.
The indirect inlay filling procedure differs slightly. It will be necessary to get a dental imprint. The filling is created by casting a mold of the tooth or teeth from the impression. You will need to return for the filling to be cemented.
Contact Soos Creek Dental for the best dental care. To book an appointment, call (253) 631-8241 or visit 17615 SE 272nd St, Covington, WA 98042.