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Tooth Colored Fillings Restore Your Smile

Did you know that silver amalgam fillings aren't the only way to restore teeth damaged by cavities? Tooth-colored fillings offered by your Brentwood, TN, dentist, Dr. Douglas McMillan, strengthen teeth and blend in with your smile.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

True to their name, teeth-colored fillings match the shade of your teeth. Your tooth is filled with composite resin, a glass- and plastic-based mixture that's available in many common tooth colors.

What happens when you receive a tooth-colored filling?

The filling process won't change when you opt for a tooth-colored filling at the Brentwood dental office. Your dentist will remove the decayed part of your tooth and a portion of the healthy structure surrounding the tooth.

Unlike silver amalgam fillings, composite resin fillings only require the removal of a small amount of healthy structure, which helps keep your tooth strong.

After cleaning the tooth, your dentist will choose a composite resin that closely matches your tooth color and add the material to your tooth. He'll apply a curing light to the filling to harden it, a process that only takes a few minutes.

In addition to hardening your filling, curing it also bonds the tooth-colored filling material to your tooth enamel, strengthening your tooth.

Why tooth-colored fillings are a good option

If you're like most people, you probably prefer a more natural-looking filling option. Unless your friends are dentists, they won't be able to tell that you've had any dental work when you choose teeth-colored fillings.

Tooth-colored fillings also help keep your teeth stronger by reducing the risk of cracks. Silver amalgam fillings are made with a variety of metals that expand and contract when you eat hot or cold foods and beverages.

The constant expansion and contraction stresses your tooth and may eventually cause cracks. Once a crack forms, you'll need to protect your tooth with a dental crown or risk a tooth fracture. Fortunately, composite resin doesn't react to temperature changes and won't crack your teeth.

Are you ready to restore your decayed teeth with tooth-colored fillings? Call your dentist in Brentwood, TN, Dr. Douglas McMillan, at (615) 373-4242 to schedule your appointment.

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