The FAQs of Tooth Colored Fillings

The FAQs of Tooth Colored Fillings from Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry in Middletown, NYThe popularity of tooth-colored fillings keeps increasing among young patients with cavities and pediatric dentists. In the past, pediatric dentists only performed them on the more visible front teeth. Today, it is possible, and increasingly common, for patients to have fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth in the back teeth as well.

Common questions about tooth-colored fillings

As with any other dental procedure, asking questions before agreeing to the procedure will help not only children and their parents know what to expect but also can help lessen anxiety. The following are questions that patients frequently ask about tooth-colored fillings.

What are the different types of tooth-colored fillings?

Several different types of fillings mimic the appearance of natural teeth, including:

  • Composite fillings: As the most common type, these contain particles of glass or quartz mixed with synthetic plastic resin. Though susceptible to staining, the newer varieties last a long time
  • Glass ionomer fillings: These are made of a translucent blend of acrylic and glass powders, mimicking the appearance of natural teeth quite closely. They help to prevent further tooth decay by releasing small amounts of fluoride over time and are relatively inexpensive. However, they do not last as long as other filling materials and must be replaced more frequently
  • Porcelain fillings: These mimic the appearance of natural teeth very well. However, they can be more expensive and more susceptible to breaking than other options

Is a tooth-colored filling strong enough for one of the back teeth?

In the past, tooth-colored fillings were only used in the front teeth since they were not considered strong enough for the back teeth that bear most of the force from chewing. However, advancements in the technology behind composite fillings make them almost as strong as traditional silver amalgam fillings. Therefore, parents should discuss the possibility with the dentist if their child needs a filling in one of their back teeth.

How long do tooth-colored fillings last?

The longevity of the fillings depends on several factors. The material the pediatric dentist chooses is among these factors. In addition, parents can help their children prolong the life of the fillings by being diligent in maintaining excellent daily oral hygiene and having dental cleanings and exams regularly.

Does a tooth-colored filling hurt?

The type of filling has no bearing on the level of discomfort during the procedure. Therefore, a tooth-colored filling is no more painful than a traditional filling. In both cases, the affected area is numbed so the child does not feel pain or discomfort during the procedure.

Can the pediatric dentist replace an old silver filling with a tooth-colored filling?

If a child (or parent) does not like the look of their old silver fillings, replacing them with tooth-colored fillings may be possible. However, it may not be an option in every case. Consult a pediatric dentist.

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Schedule your child’s next visit

When it comes time to fill a cavity or replace a filling, it helps to know your options. Then you can weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each. Contact our pediatric dentist to determine whether a tooth-colored filling is appropriate and how your child can benefit from it.

Request an appointment or call Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry at 845-363-4177 for an appointment in our Middletown office.

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