At Coolican Dental Center, every treatment we perform is done with an eye for aesthetics. Dr. Coolican has devoted himself to staying current with all the latest techniques and materials that dentistry has to offer.
We can create beautiful, tooth-colored fillings using a composite material that’s easily color matched to the shade of your own teeth, making them virtually imperceptible. Now you can have dental work done and no one will be the wiser!
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored composite fillings can be created to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. This makes them especially useful for filling teeth that show when you smile. Since repairs made with composite fillings are so discreet, we can also use the filling material to repair certain cosmetic dental problems like chipped or broken teeth.
Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth structure, allowing us to create a strong repair without removing a lot of healthy natural tooth. Today’s tooth-colored fillings are also very durable and less likely to create sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
Reasons for Having a Filling Placed
We place a filling when decay caused by bacteria has eaten away at healthy tooth structure, creating a cavity. The longer these harmful bacteria remain in your mouth, the more damage that they cause.
You may already know from experience that cavities don’t typically stay the same size. Without treatment, they’ll continue to grow in size and damage your tooth. Tooth decay can cause temperature and sweet sensitivity at first, and will eventually cause toothaches and can lead to a dental abscess or infection.
You may also have tooth decay and not even realize it. This is because typically no sensitivity is evident until the cavity reaches the second layer of tooth structure, where it then spreads more rapidly.
This is why we strongly encourage preventive treatments like dental exams and cleanings. Finding and treating decay allows us to stop it in its tracks and give you back your healthy smile. We may also recommend placing a filling on slightly cracked teeth or teeth with excessive wear.