Repairing teeth often requires fillings, especially when there are cavities or cracks in damaged teeth. However, metal fillings can change the color of your smile. Another option is composite fillings that can be color-matched to your teeth, blending in with your smile. At Alluvial Dental Center, we offer safe, white composite fillings for our patients that need tooth repairs with cosmetic dentistry.
Composite fillings are made from a special dental resin that is easily applied to the tooth to fill cavities or repair chipped or cracked teeth. Unlike amalgam or metal fillings, composite resin does not contain mercury or any other toxic materials. It is applied in layers to the tooth and cured with a light that turns it quickly from soft to hard. Once hardened, the surface is smoothed and polished. It is a very durable material and can last for many years when used for tooth repairs.
What is a Composite Resin?
The composite resin in white fillings is made from a combination of plastics and glass that creates a pliable substance. This dental material is used in fillings and for dental bonding. The natural color makes it perfect for repairs and for hiding dental flaws. For cosmetic purposes, it can be used to cover stains or discolorations on teeth or to change the shape of a tooth. It is affordable compared to veneers for cosmetic procedures and can be applied in one visit to our office.
Many people prefer white composite fillings for the aesthetics and safety of the material. In some cases, metal fillings can be removed and replaced with composite fillings. However, it is more common for composite fillings to be used for new repairs or for cosmetic changes to teeth.
If you need a tooth repaired and would prefer white fillings, contact Alluvial Dental Center in Fresno today. We offer tooth-colored fillings as one of our many dental services.