Tysons Dentistry

Will my fillings be visible?

woman in dental chair with dentistIt wasn’t that long ago that dentists were limited by the materials they had available to restore a decayed tooth. There was silver amalgam, which left a dark spot in your smile, or a flat white material that looked fake and unnatural.

Today, advances in dental materials and techniques have given us a tooth-colored composite resin that is every bit as durable as amalgam and is very close in appearance to natural tooth enamel. Since this material is a combination of plastic and glass particles, it blends beautifully with your teeth for a virtually invisible repair.

The Benefit To Composite Fillings

One advantage to composite fillings is that they can be closely color-matched to the shade of surrounding teeth. Another is that it won’t discolor over time as an amalgam filling does. Finally, tooth-colored fillings are a healthy choice because they allow us to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible.

Since tooth-colored resin blends so flawlessly with your natural teeth, we can also use it for a procedure called cosmetic dental bonding. If you have a tooth that’s chipped or cracked, or you would like to alter the appearance of a tooth, bonding is a conservative, affordable choice for a mini smile makeover.

If you would like to learn more about our natural-looking tooth-colored fillings, please call our Vienna, VA dental office to arrange a convenient appointment with Dr. Sanati or Dr. Shahram.

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