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Tooth-colored fillings offer a few advantages that old-fashioned silver amalgam fillings can't provide. Jackson Heights, NY, general dentists Dr. Hassan Alamzad and Dr. Rihito Matsui help you keep your smile healthy with tooth-colored fillings, cleanings and other dental services.
What are tooth-colored fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, a flexible material made of powdered glass and plastic. Although composite resin is soft when it's first applied to your tooth, it quickly hardens when your Jackson Heights dentist exposes it to a curing light. Although you can eat anything you want immediately after receiving a tooth-colored filling, it's best to wait until the local anesthetic wears off to avoid accidentally biting your lips or tongue.
What benefits do the fillings offer?
Silver amalgam fillings aren't exactly subtle. Every time you open your mouth, your dental work is on display. Tooth-colored fillings are designed to blend in with your teeth, not call attention to your fillings. Before your tooth is filled, your dentist will choose a shade of composite resin that most closely matches the color of your tooth enamel. Other benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:
- Stronger Teeth: Although removing the decayed part of your tooth is necessary to prevent the decay from worsening or spreading to the other teeth, the process can weaken the structure of your tooth. Unfortunately, weak teeth are more likely to crack or fracture. Tooth-colored fillings only require removal of a small margin of healthy structure around the decayed portion, unlike silver amalgam fillings. Limiting the margin helps keep teeth stronger and reduces the risk of a crack or break.
- No Reaction to Temperature Changes: Every time you eat or drink a hot or cold beverage or food, your silver amalgam fillings react by contracting or expanding slightly. Due to these constant changes, your tooth or the filling itself may eventually crack. If this happens, you may develop a cavity under the filling or might even experience an infection in your tooth pulp. Your tooth-colored filling never changes, no matter what you eat or drink, which helps keep your tooth stronger and healthier.
Improve your oral health and your appearance with a tooth-colored filling. Call Jackson Heights, NY, general dentist Dr. Hassan Alamzad and Dr. Rihito Matsui today.
Did you know that fillings have limited life spans? Although your filling may last many years, eventually wear and tear and other issues may affect it. Our Jackson Heights, NY, family dentists, Dr. Hassan Alamzad and Dr. Rihito Matsui, share a few signs that may mean that you need to replace fillings.
Your tooth doesn't feel the same
Fillings are designed to be tough, but years of biting and chewing take a toll. If you notice a change in a tooth, your filling may have worn down or part of it may have broken off. If either of these things happen you may also notice that food tends to get stuck in your tooth. Fillings may wear out quicker if you grind or clench your teeth at night. If you're a grinder or clencher, ask about a night guard the next time you visit our Jackson Heights office. Nightguards are worn over your bottom teeth while you sleep and absorb the strong forces generated by grinding and clenching.
You see a crack in your filling
Wear and tear or grinding or clenching can crack fillings. If you notice a crack, call us and schedule an appointment. Cracks allow bacteria to enter your tooth and cause tooth decay.
Your tooth hurts
Pain in a filled tooth should never be ignored. If there's a problem with a filling, you may notice a toothache or might develop a sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or sugary foods and drinks.
You noticed a mysterious lump on your toothbrush
Have you noticed strange little lumps on your toothbrush? If your filling begins to crumble, you may lose pieces of it when you brush your teeth or eat.
A new filling can solve the problem
Replacing worn or cracked fillings can end pain and other symptoms, although you may need a larger filling if decay has developed under the current filling. A root canal may be needed if decay is severe and affects the tooth pulp.
If your filling is very old, a silver amalgam filling may have been the only choice when your tooth was treated. Today, composite resin filling offer another option. The tooth-colored fillings are completely unnoticeable and bond to the sides of your tooth. No matter what type of filling you choose, replacing your worn or damaged filling will help you keep your smile healthy.
Are you concerned about a problem with a filling? Call our Jackson Heights, NY, family dentists, Dr. Alamzad and Dr. Matsui, at (718) 898-8080 to schedule an appointment.