The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
September 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Bright White SmileFind out why dental fillings could improve the health of your smile.


We know that just about everyone has heard about dental fillings, which are used on teeth that have a cavity. Of course, you may not realize why a dental filling needs to be placed or that it does offer some pretty awesome benefits for the health of your smile. Our Winston Salem, NC, general dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta is here to explain.

The Purpose of a Dental Filling

We just discovered a cavity during your routine checkup. Not to worry; it’s a good thing you came in when you did. Decay happens to all of us at some point but it can be treated when it’s caught early on. That’s why those six-month dental checkups are so important.

Our teeth are made up of an extremely tough material known as enamel. In fact, it’s the strongest substance in the human body (pretty neat, huh?). Unfortunately, just like Superman, even the strongest substance has a weakness and enamel’s weakness is plaque.

Our mouths are teeming with bacteria and when we eat sugar or starchy foods, the bacteria turn those foods into acid. This acid and bacteria then form a sticky layer over the teeth known as plaque. Little acid attacks are going on within the plaque buildup, breaking down tooth enamel until the plaque is brushed away.

Unfortunately, repeated acid attacks can take their toll on your teeth. When this happens a cavity forms. Luckily, we have the tools necessary to remove the cavity. Once the cavity is removed, it’s necessary to place a dental filling.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

A filling can improve how the tooth functions while also restoring and strengthening it again so that it doesn’t sustain further damage. Composite resin fillings are designed to match the shade of your teeth so no one will ever know that you have a dental filling.

Cosmetically Enhance Your Smile, Too!

Did you know that the same tooth-colored material used to fill a tooth could also improve the appearance of your smile even if you don’t have a cavity? This technique is known as dental bonding and all that our Winston Salem, NC, dentist has to do is apply the resin, shape it over minor imperfections (e.g. chips, cracks, discolorations and small gaps between teeth). You could instantly enhance and improve the shape and overall look of your smile through dental bonding.

No matter whether it’s time to schedule your six-month cleaning, you’re experiencing symptoms of a cavity or you want to find out if dental bonding is right for you, there’s never been a better time to call our Winston Salem, NC, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Perrotta. Schedule a consultation with us today.


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