The Benefits Of Tooth-Colored Fillings
By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
December 15, 2020
Category: Oral Health

News-Medical says that fillings restore decay, eliminate sensitivity, and even affected tooth surfaces. At Dr. Kathryn Winkel's office in Midland, MI, the material of choice is composite resin, but other tooth-colored materials also breathe new life and function into damaged teeth. Learn why your dentist selects beneficial tooth-colored fillings for simple restorations.

Why do people need fillings?

The answer is tooth decay. The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research relates that acid from oral bacteria breeding in plaque and tartar damage enamel, creating the kind of holes we call cavities. Children, teens, and adults are all prone to decay, and your dentist offers a range of preventive services in her Midland, MI, office designed to support your good oral hygiene and eating habits at home.

To restore decay, dentists have used amalgam, or metal fillings, to restore decay, improve oral health, and allow you to bite and chew normally. Amalgam, however, is unattractive and requires extensive enamel preparation. Thankfully, Dr. Kathryn Winkel offers modern filling material that looks just like tooth enamel and is durable and attractive.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are made from three kinds of amazing materials. They include:

  • Composite resin, a mix of acrylic and glass particles, blended to match existing tooth enamel. Dr. Winkel removes the damaged tooth structure and adds the resin layer by layer, hardening each with a UV light. Composite resin actually flexes, just like real enamel, every time you bite and chew.
  • Porcelain, a high-grade ceramic which is lab-fabricated to fit precisely into large areas of decay. Your dentist bonds the filling right to the tooth, fitting it over or between its cusps. These porcelain fillings also are called inlays, onlays, or partial crowns.
  • Glass ionomer, which contains decay-fighting fluoride and works well as a substrate for deep decay or to repair cavities on roots and non-chewing surfaces.

Living with your restored teeth

All modern filling materials offer the benefits of a lifelike appearance and durability. Be sure to diligently care for your restored teeth with twice-daily brushing and once a day flossing, avoiding sugar and between-meal snacking, and limiting excessive grinding and clenching with a bite guard. Also, get your routine hygienic cleanings and exams with your dentist. Dr. Winkel checks all restorations carefully for signs of deterioration and wear.

Learn more

Isn't modern dentistry amazing? Tooth-colored fillings are just one example of how your dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, and her team take care of your oral health. Call our Midland, MI, office to arrange your six-month check-up: (989) 631-6680.