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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Tooth-Colored Fillings

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Your dental needs are a very personal thing, and you deserve to have all the information you need to make sound decisions about certain treatments or procedures. We don't just tell you what we think is best for you. Our dentists in Phoenix, AZ take the time to explain what the procedure is, why it's necessary, and how it will benefit you in the long-term. So we welcome and encourage your questions, because it's the best way for us to know what's on your mind.

Here are a few of the questions we hear most often, but you may have others that you don't see here. Please don't ever hesitate to contact our dentist office at (602) 843-6000 if you're looking for more information. 

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Depending on how you care for your teeth, a tooth-colored composite filling can last for seven to fifteen years, even longer in some cases.

Composite fillings are a mixture of glass and resin particles that we customize to match your tooth. Composite bonds directly to your tooth, making it a strong and durable restoration for repairing the damage done by tooth decay.

Tooth-colored fillings also don't react to temperature changes in your mouth like metal fillings do, which means they won't pull away from your tooth and allow bacteria inside to cause decay again.

Our dentists can also use composite resin to repair minor cosmetic flaws like tooth size discrepancies or chipped teeth. This is an affordable and quick way to make small enhancements to your smile that can last for many years, just like your dental filling. 

If you have questions about dental fillings or other treatments, we encourage you to contact your dentist for more information about how we can help you reach your smile goals. Your cosmetic dentist in Phoenix, AZ, has helped hundreds of patients achieve their dream smiles with dental treatments tailored to their unique needs.

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At Dental Care at Moon Valley, we always look for the most conservative and affordable solutions for our patients. Dental bonding can be used in a number of ways to solve several esthetic problems.

Benefits of Dental Bonding

  • Create fillings that closely match the look of your natural teethCartoon tooth and first aid kid | dental emergencies phoenix az
  • Fill in chips and build up broken teeth
  • Close uneven spaces and gaps between your teeth
  • Refine the shape of irregular teeth
  • Correct the appearance of severely stained teeth

There is little or no preparation required for bonding. Once the composite is applied to your teeth, one of our skilled doctors will expertly shape and polish the tooth so that it blends perfectly with your natural tooth enamel. Dental bonding is so efficient that we can often fix several minor problems during a single visit.

The technique used to bond the composite material to your tooth results in a repair that looks and acts like the surrounding natural tooth. In many cases, the procedure doesn’t require the use of an anesthetic because it’s relatively quick to apply. Dental bonding provides immediate results, and is an excellent cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers.

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If you’re bothered by minor cosmetic imperfections, please call our Phoenix dentist office. We’ll be happy to arrange a convenient appointment to discuss your options.

Dentists have used inexpensive silver amalgam to fill and seal teeth for decades. The problem with these fillings is that they don’t bond securely to the surface of the natural tooth. In order to keep the filling in the tooth, we need to create a chamber that undercuts the exterior of the tooth.

Replacing Old Dental Fillings

Placing a silver amalgam filling may make the tooth usable again, but it can also weaken it because of the larger space needed to accommodate the filling.

Recent advances in dental material and technology now provide us with composite filling material, an alternative to silver fillings that is stronger, safer, and more natural looking. The advantage to using composite fillings is that, unlike silver fillings, they do bond to the tooth, providing more protection from fracturing. The tooth-colored composite filling material is layered into the tooth and cured (hardened) with a special curing light.

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After the filling has been placed, the surface will be carefully shaped to match your natural tooth, then finished with a polishing. The material and the process used to place the filling make the repair virtually invisible to the naked eye. With natural-looking composite fillings, you no longer have to worry about dark spots in your smile caused by metal fillings. 

Call our dental office if you would like to replace your silver fillings!

Your excellent oral health is important, but you also need to feel confident about your appearance. At Dental Care at Moon Valley, we place only esthetic tooth-colored fillings that we match to the shade of your teeth for a virtually invisible filling.

Natural Looking Fillings from Dr. Chad Hines

Woman getting tooth-colored fillings in Phoenix, AZTooth-colored fillings are a composite (mixture) of plastic and glass particles that closely mimic the translucent appearance of dental enamel. We start by removing the decayed portion of your tooth. Next, a bonding agent is applied to the prepared area. This allows the filling material that will be added to bond directly to the tooth’s surface. The result is a repair that preserves tooth structure and blends seamlessly with your smile.

In fact, composite fillings are so natural-looking that we can use them for a cosmetic procedure called dental bonding. Using the material, Dr. Chad Hines builds up portions of a tooth to fix chipped or cracked teeth, even out the spacing between teeth, or completely alter the shape of a tooth to improve its appearance.

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Nearly all the services we offer not only improve your oral health, but also enhance your appearance. If you would like to learn more about the advantage of choosing tooth-colored fillings at our Phoenix dental office, please call us today!

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