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Taking care of tooth colored fillings so they last!

Tooth colored, composite fillings are present on the front teeth.

If you have had white fillings or tooth colored fillings on your teeth, you have probably had your teeth restored with a dental material called a composite.   These ‘white’ fillings or tooth colored fillings are not solid porcelain, in fact the resin matrix is like plastic.  Because of this, tooth colored fillings do require some special care to help these restorations last as long as possible.  These white fillings or composite fillings can chip and stain and require occasional replacement.

Front teeth prior to the placement of tooth colored or white fillings.  The previous fillings in these teeth have fractured or chipped and decay has started further weakening the teeth.

That tooth colored bonding material you have just had placed on your tooth or teeth will not last forever.  In fact nothing placed on teeth lasts ‘forever’.  This blog will tell you how to take care of tooth colored or white fillings (composite bonding) so that it lasts as long as possible!

What is composite or tooth colored filling material?

Composite filling materials in dentistry are basically a mix of very specially sized porcelain particles in a resin matrix. You will see the term ‘white filling’ or tooth colored filling’ used for dental composites.  The weakest part of your new tooth colored filling material is the resin matrix that holds the filling material together and allows the bonding to your tooth.  When the edges of tooth colored fillings start to leak they will pick up stains from the food that you eat and create voids between the filling and your tooth where bacteria can hide.

Note the round, stained filling on this patient’s front tooth.

Taking care of your Tooth Colored fillings:

Front tooth restored with a tooth colored or white filling material that blends seamlessly with the surrounding tooth.

What things should you watch out for if you are having tooth colored fillings done?

Prior to tooth colored (composite) bonding on the front teeth.

Following tooth colored (composite) bonding on the front teeth.

In our office we do a lot of different fillings with tooth colored composite material.   Our composite materials are manufactured to the highest standards to help these restorations to be very strong as well as beautiful and long lasting.  We use different materials based on the situation.  For example, strength may be the primary consideration for fillings on the chewing surfaces of back teeth.  On the front surfaces of the anterior teeth, appearance and polish-ability may be the primary concern.

Please call our office to schedule a consult appointment to see if tooth colored or composite bonding will work for you!  (970) 242-3635.  Or, please visit our website for more information at www.juliegillisdds.com.  We would love to see you!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis D.D.S.

Restoring Teeth, Restoring Smiles