Restore your healthy smile with cosmetic, tooth-colored fillings in Redlands, CA

Thanks to advanced dental materials and techniques, dentists like Dr. Jennifer Nation can now rebuild portions of a decayed, broken, or otherwise damaged tooth. So, the treated tooth looks, feels, and functions no differently than natural and healthy teeth. Tooth-colored fillings in Redlands, CA, at Brookside Smiles are also a conservative, durable, and aesthetically pleasing alternative to conventional, silver-colored fillings made from a mix of metals (amalgams).

Recreate your tooth

Tooth-colored fillings are also known as white fillings or composite fillings. The former name refers to their natural-looking hue, whereas the latter term refers to the composite resin material that is used to make the filling. This pliable dental plastic is available in a wide range of shades, which are perfectly matched to the color of your teeth. So, the filling blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. There is no silver metal that sticks out obviously in your mouth when you smile.

Additionally, the unique properties of dental composite mimic the special characteristics of natural tooth enamel. For instance, glass compounds within these resins reflect light similarly to the natural tooth structure. Modern formulations are not just pretty to look at, they withstand substantial stress. So, these dental restorations may be appropriate for back teeth that sustain the pressure from functions such as grinding down food.

No-hassle fillings process

Your renewed, healthy smile starts with a thorough examination. Dr. Nation uses the latest diagnostics, which emit less radiation than earlier-generation systems. These technologies also more accurately and clearly pinpoint abnormalities that require professional intervention. The DIAGNOdent laser cavity detector can even identify the early-stage, small lesions. The earlier we can detect cavities, the less extensive the intervention that is required to restore the health of your teeth.

If tooth-colored fillings are determined to be the most appropriate option for you, the procedure itself involves removing decayed or damaged tissue. This allows for a healthy foundation for the filling, which gets its support from the surrounding natural tooth. Since composite resin preserves maximum tooth material, this option is considered to be a conservative approach to repairing and building up a tooth. An anesthetic may not be needed. But, for enhanced comfort, Dr. Nation may discuss the use of the DentalVibe system.

A bonding product is placed within the prepared site. Then, the composite material is applied in layers. Each layer is “cured” or hardened with a specialized, light-based device. After the last layer is bonded, your filling is shaped exactly to your needs. The treated tooth looks and feels like a natural tooth and stays that way with good oral hygiene and routine visits to Brookside Smiles. Call 909-300-9044 to schedule your appointment at the Redlands, CA office.