By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS
August 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health

A dental filling means one less cavity taking up important space in your smile. However, in the past, filling a cavity also meant adding a fillingsdiscoloration to your smile. Luckily, your dentist can help you take care of your cavities and ensure you have the most natural look possible with tooth-colored fillings. Find out more about tooth-colored fillings with Dr. Thomas Kauffman in Atlanta, GA.

What is a tooth-colored filling? 
Rather than using metals or amalgam to fill the tooth, your dentist will use a dental composite resin matched to the shade of your natural teeth. This ensures a natural look and minimal discolorations in your smile. The composite resin materials even come in different shades to ensure that your filling blends right in with your natural teeth.

What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings? 
The most obvious benefit of a tooth-colored filling is its subtlety. The materials’ natural coloring will ensure they fit seamlessly into your smile. Additionally, composite resin is a sturdy material, lasting for many years before requiring maintenance or replacement. For larger restorations, we also offer 'custom milled fillings' using CEREC technology. Using a digital image of your tooth, the CEREC system uses a milling device to create custom restorations. These normally exhibit superior fit when large portions of the tooth are missing.

How can I prevent requiring a dental filling? 
Dental fillings treat cavities. Your dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth and fills it in with the materials you choose and reshapes the biting surface of the tooth to fit naturally into the bite. Preventing a dental filling is as easy as preventing tooth decay. Simply brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once every day in between your bi-annual preventative dental examinations and cleanings.

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Atlanta, GA
If you think you could benefit from a tooth-colored filling, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the right treatment for you. Avoiding colored fillings can keep your smile appearing naturally and ensure that you feel great about the way you look. For more information on tooth-colored fillings, please contact Dr. Kauffman in Atlanta, GA. Call (404) 524-1981 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kauffman today!

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