Tooth-colored dental fillings are an excellent alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. Dental fillings are used when a tooth becomes decayed and develops a cavity. The decayed tissue compromises the health and structure of the tooth and must be removed and restored with a dental filling. Our expert in white dental fillings in San Francisco can help you determine if white fillings are right for you.
Though Amalgam fillings have been used for many patients, tooth-colored dental fillings are more attractive than silver fillings, and they offer certain other benefits as well. The composite resin material bonds securely with your tooth, which results in a stronger filling, and the restoration can last many years when properly maintained. In some cases, white fillings can also be used to correct small areas of damage, worn enamel and exposed roots. If you are a candidate for a tooth-colored filling, our San Francisco white dental fillings expert can usually complete the restoration in a single appointment.
White Dental Fillings San Francisco
Our expert in white dental fillings in San Francisco will begin by anesthetizing the area around the tooth using a local anesthetic to numb only the tooth and nearby gums. Once the decayed tissue is removed, the tooth will be cleaned. The white filling material, or composite resin, is matched to the color of your tooth. Composite resin is a special material that is made by blending quartz with resin for a filling that looks remarkably like your own natural tooth.
Once the tooth has been prepared, our San Francisco white dental fillings expert will place the composite resin in layers, carefully shaping and smoothing the material for a flawless match. Once the filling is the proper shape and size, it will be cured using a high-intensity light. The curing process hardens the filling material so that it is immediately ready to use. The filling may be trimmed and shaped more to ensure a proper bite, and then it will be polished to match the sheen of your tooth.
Contact our office to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco.