Advancements in dental technology now allow certified dentists to provide stronger, more natural-looking dental restorations than ever before. Tooth-colored fillings and dental bonding, both of which are available at our Hellam practice serving Lancaster and surrounding communities, are two of the many ways The Center for Dental Excellence helps patients achieve optimal health and a beautiful appearance.
The days of conspicuous silver amalgam fillings are long gone. Today, tooth-colored resin can fill cavities and provide affordable, conservative cosmetic enhancements. Learn more about tooth-colored fillings and the other cosmetic and restorative dentistry services we offer to patients in Hellam & York.
Tooth-Colored Fillings in York & Hellam
A number of factors can contribute to tooth decay, including genetics, environmental influences, and poor oral hygiene. Left untreated, tooth decay can lead to infection, tooth loss, and complications beyond the mouth. If you have a small cavity, a filling may be recommended to fill the void once all decay has been eliminated from the tooth.
When many patients think of fillings, they picture traditional silver fillings. We treat many patients who received silver amalgam fillings earlier in their lives, when this material was the standard. However, tooth-colored fillings, made of a composite resin material, offer an aesthetically superior type of restoration that helps maintain oral health while achieving a natural appearance. In addition to treating cavities and concealing minor dental imperfections, we also use tooth-colored fillings to replace patients’ silver fillings.
Tooth-colored resin doesn’t just look better – it is also more compatible with your tooth than metal fillings. When exposed to heat and cold, this composite resin expands and contracts at nearly the same rate as your tooth. Metal fillings, on the other hand, expand and contract at a much different rate, which can result in damage to your tooth.
Dental bonding is the process of using tooth-colored resin to augment specific areas of a tooth, creating the appearance of symmetry and health. Our dental filling experts use a refined freehand technique to apply the resin directly to the tooth. This process can:
- Fill small chips and cracks in teeth
- Close noticeable gaps in teeth
- Lengthen short or worn teeth
- Change the shape of teeth, making them more symmetrical and uniform
- Conceal stubborn discoloration or darkening of teeth
- Complement other cosmetic dentistry treatments as part of a custom smile makeover procedure
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Modern technology and techniques in dentistry allow us to provide our patients with smiles that are healthy and beautiful. Tooth-colored fillings are a simple, yet incredibly effective means of providing you with the best of both worlds. If your teeth have experienced decay or trauma, dental bonding can be used to give your smile a great-looking new lease on life. If you are bothered by minor cosmetic imperfections in your teeth, a conservative and artful application of tooth-colored resin can make a tremendous difference in the overall look of your smile. If you would like to learn more about how you can benefit from dental bonding and tooth-colored fillings, please contact our offices in York & Hellam, PA. Patients can also view the results of composite fillings by visiting our before and after gallery.