Tooth-Colored Fillings

Dental fillings play a very important role in keeping your smile healthy after decay. Dental decay harms and weakens the structure of your teeth, and dental fillings refortify them and can also halt the spread of decay. But one of the downsides of dental fillings is how noticeable it is that you've had the procedure done whenever you open your mouth. Tooth-colored fillings correct this problem while performing every other function of traditional fillings. Learn more about their use by contacting Dr. Chad Corley and Dr. Natalie Corley of Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL.

Traditional Fillings

Amalgam fillings have been in use for many years, just over a century, and continue to be the go-to option for certain cases. Made out of a combination of different metals, amalgam has its own set of benefits, such as being slightly longer-lasting and more affordable, though this depends on your type of insurance.

The Tooth-Colored Alternative

One of the bigger benefits of tooth-colored fillings is in the name. Amalgam is a silver to gray coloring, while tooth-colored fillings can be made to match the rest of your smile. The result is fillings that practically vanish among the rest of your teeth. The procedure also requires less of your tooth material to be removed, making tooth-colored fillings perfect for even small repairs.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Decatur, IL

Tooth-colored fillings are made of a resin composite that is applied onto your tooth as liquid layers. These are done very thin and are instantly hardened with ultraviolet light. More layers are added until there is enough to form your tooth back to a natural appearance. Some minor adjustments and polishing will often create the desired look. This resin compound is so versatile that it's used in restoring teeth that have been chipped.

Protect your smile, schedule a consultation today with Drs. Corley of Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL, by dialing 217-330-6217.