By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
January 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Find out why tooth-colored fillings are the right choice for preserving your smile.

If you are dealing with a cavity, our Budd Lake, NJ, family dentist Dr. Steven Abrams will need to remove the decay and place a dental filling. Thanks to modern dentistry, we provide our patients with tooth-colored, metal-free dental fillings, and restorations that will blend in with your smile and strengthen a decayed tooth. Here’s what you should know about tooth-colored fillings so you can make an informed decision about the dental care you receive.

What is a dental filling?

Once we remove a cavity, we can’t simply leave holes in your tooth. Not only is this unbecoming but it can also leave the tooth weak and prone to further damage. To restore both the appearance and the strength of a tooth after a cavity, our Budd Lake NJ family dentist will place a dental filling to fill the hole and rebuild the tooth.

Why should I consider a tooth-colored filling?

Here are some of the benefits of getting tooth-colored fillings,

  • These types of fillings preserve more natural tooth enamel, which means less enamel has to be removed before the filling can be placed
  • Tooth-colored fillings can restore up to 95 percent of the tooth’s strength once it’s bonded to the tooth
  • The treatment process is quick, easy, and conservative
  • The composite resin material is matched to the color of your tooth so that it blends right in
  • Metal-free fillings do not have any health risk associated with them

How long does a tooth-colored filling last?

The lifespan of your filling really depends on you and how well you care for your smile. The average lifespan of a composite resin filling lasts about five years; however, by maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist every six months for checkups, you could keep your filling for up to 10 years (or even longer!).

Do you have questions about tooth-colored fillings? Need to schedule an appointment or evaluation with our Budd Lake, NJ, family dentist? If so, don’t hesitate to call our office today at (973) 691-8200.

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