Tooth-Colored Fillings in Beverly Hills, CA
What Can Composite Resin Fillings Accomplish?
Tooth-colored fillings can restore a tooth’s function after removing bacteria, decay, and debris. Because they can be color-matched to your teeth, they do not detract from your smile like metal fillings but provide uniformity to keep it looking natural.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
The following benefits make tooth-colored fillings more appealing than metal:
- Cosmetic appeal: Because composite resin fillings are designed to match the natural color of your teeth, they remain virtually indistinguishable for an aesthetically pleasing result.
- Conservative approach: While traditional amalgam fillings (metal) require more extensive tooth preparation, composite resin fillings allow a more conservative approach. The material bonds directly to the tooth structure, preserving more of the natural tooth.
- Versatility: Composite resin is a versatile material that can be molded and shaped to match the contours of your tooth. This versatility is especially advantageous for restoring front teeth or areas that are visible when you smile.
- Minimally invasive: The placement of composite resin fillings is a minimally invasive procedure. The material adheres securely to the tooth, requiring less removal of the healthy tooth structure than amalgam fillings.
- Reduced sensitivity: Composite resin has the added benefit of insulating the tooth against temperature changes, decreasing the post-procedure sensitivity often associated with metal fillings.
- Durable and long-lasting: With advancements in dental materials, composite resin fillings exhibit durability and longevity comparable to traditional amalgam fillings. When properly cared for, they can withstand the forces of chewing and last for many years.
- Mercury-free: Unlike amalgam fillings that contain mercury, composite resin fillings are mercury-free. This appeals to individuals seeking mercury-free dental restorations due to health or environmental concerns.
Tooth-Colored Fillings - The Process
Your Initial Consultation
Your tooth-colored filling procedure begins when our esteemed cosmetic dentist examines your teeth and reviews your X-rays. He will assess the extent of the damage to your tooth and determine if composite resin fillings are the appropriate option for you.
Tooth Preparation and Color Matching
Unlike metal fillings that may require more extensive tooth preparation, composite resin fillings only need minimal removal of the decayed tooth’s structure, preserving as much of your tooth as possible.
Dr. Sands will carefully select a shade of composite resin that closely matches the natural color of your teeth, ensuring a seamless blend with your smile.
Bonding and Curing
A bonding agent is applied to the tooth to maximize the adhesion of composite resin. Our dentist then precisely places and sculpts the composite material onto the tooth.
A special light is used to cure or harden the composite resin and secure it to the tooth. This process ensures the strength and durability of your filling to prepare it for normal dental function.
Dr. Sands makes final adjustments to the shape and contours of the filling to ensure a comfortable bite and a natural appearance.
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Tooth-Colored Fillings and Our Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Kevin Sands is a reputable and well-respected cosmetic dentist providing dental care for Hollywood celebrities and offering VIP treatment for all his patients.
He provides composite resin fillings in Beverly Hills, California, to help keep your smile looking great and offers sedation dentistry for those who suffer from dental anxiety or phobias. Call (310) 273-0111 to learn more about receiving tooth-colored, composite resin fillings at our Beverly Hills dental practice.
Tooth-Colored Fillings FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Are composite resin fillings suitable for all teeth?
Yes, composite resin fillings are versatile and can be used on both front and back teeth. Due to their aesthetic appeal, they are particularly popular in visible areas.
How long do composite resin fillings last?
Composite resin fillings can last many years with proper care and maintenance. Regular dental check-ups ensure their longevity.
Are composite resin fillings as strong as metal fillings?
Yes, composite resin fillings exhibit strength comparable to traditional amalgam fillings and are suitable for withstanding chewing forces.
Do composite resin fillings stain?
While composite resin resists staining, it may pick up some discoloration over time. If you drink highly pigmented beverages, using a straw can help reduce staining. Regular dental cleanings also help maintain their appearance.
Is the tooth-colored filling procedure painful?
No, the procedure is typically painless. Local anesthesia numbs the area, ensuring a comfortable experience during the placement of composite resin fillings.
Are composite resin fillings safe?
Yes, composite resin fillings are considered safe. They are mercury-free and do not pose health risks associated with amalgam fillings.
Can composite resin fillings be used to replace old metal fillings?
Yes, many individuals use composite resin to replace old metal fillings, providing a more natural and aesthetically pleasing result, as well as peace of mind for their health.
Can I eat and drink immediately after getting composite resin fillings?
Yes, you can resume eating and drinking right after the procedure. Composite resin fillings harden quickly, allowing you to consume food and beverages.
How do I care for composite resin fillings?
Maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups. Avoid excessive consumption of stain-inducing substances.
Does insurance cover composite resin fillings?
Dental insurance often covers the cost of composite resin fillings, especially when deemed medically necessary. Check with your insurance provider for specific details.