We'd all like to avoid having a cavity in our lifetime, but poor oral hygiene, weak enamel, or even genetics can lead to tooth decay, and a filling is a necessary fix.
While the fillings of decades past were often gold or silver in color, making them highly noticeable, tooth-colored fillings are now available for a discreet, fully functional repair. At the St. Clair Shores, MI, office of dentist Dr. Steven Wainess, we offer fillings that match your natural tooth for a flawless look.
Why are tooth-colored fillings a great option for me?
Health- A filling is crucial for restoring the health of your tooth and mouth. After a cavity is removed and cleaned, the void needs to be filled to avoid bacterial growth, infection, and decay, which could spread to the surrounding teeth. A tooth-colored filling, made from glass ionomer, porcelain, or composite, seals the tooth to protect it from damage. Your dentist at our St. Clair Shores, MI, office can discuss the unique benefits of each material. Glass ionomer is generally the most affordable option, while porcelain is stain-resistant and composite requires less drilling of the tooth for a more comfortable procedure.
Durability- A tooth-colored filling is strong and long-lasting, so you can bite, chew, and brush just as you would with a natural tooth. Fillings are able to withstand everyday wear and tear so your tooth functions normally.
Appearance- Fillings of any available material are effective at protecting your tooth and evening its surface, but a tooth-colored filling does so attractively and inconspicuously. Once applied and cured, your filling will blend in with the surface and tint of your natural tooth for a flawless look.
Call Dr. Wainess, your dentist at our St. Clair Shores, MI, office today at (586) 293-1515 to learn more about tooth-colored fillings.