Tooth-Colored Fillings Make Your Smile Look Natural
By George Mui, DDS, Ltd. Gentle Dental Care
June 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dr. George Mui provides his Mount Prospect, IL, patients with tooth-colored fillings to hide imperfections and protect natural teeth from decay.

According to Dr. Mui about 78% of people will experience one cavity by age 17. Fillings seal small holes in tooth, called cavities. Fillings Smileprevent bacteria-induced infections spreading into tooth, which may infect inner pulp tissue in the root canal. In that case, you may need root canal therapy.

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association:

"White fillings, also called composite fillings, are made from tooth-colored materials that restore the natural appearance of a decayed or previously filled tooth. Because they blend well with tooth enamel and don't look like fillings, your dentist may recommend them if the teeth to be restored are near the front of your mouth."

More about Tooth-Colored Fillings in Mount Prospect, IL:

Tooth-colored fillings look just like natural teeth. Here are some of the materials fillings are made of:

Composite: Composite fillings are made of a mixture of plastic and glass. Fillings bond to the tooth but are more expensive than amalgam fillings.

Porcelain: They are strong dental ceramics are strong that don't stain. They are more expensive than composites because they require dental laboratories and/or specialized computer-generated technology.

Glass Ionomer: This filling is made of acrylic and glass powders, which are inexpensive and translucent fillings.

Caring for Tooth-Colored Fillings:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Change your brush when bristles are worn
  • Floss at least once before bed
  • Drink water to wash away food debris
  • Use fluoride-containing products to prevent decay
  • You should visit your dentist twice a year for a regular checkup
  • Visit your dentist for professional dental cleanings

If you have any questions about tooth-colored fillings, you should contact Dr. George Mui, located in Mount Prospect, IL, by calling his office at (847) 253-5901.