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By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
August 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  

Tooth decay is an extremely common dental problem. In the past, dentists remedied cavities using dark-colored filling materials like fillingssilver amalgam or gold. However, tooth-colored fillings can repair your cavity and blend into your natural teeth to give you a healthy smile you love. Learn more about tooth-colored fillings with Dr. Ernest Fontaine, DDS in Harrisburg, PA.

What is a tooth-colored filling?
Tooth-colored fillings, made from a composite resin material, blend in with the natural teeth and are molded directly onto the tooth itself, eliminating the laboratory step required in other tooth filling options. Composite resin fillings last many years with the proper care. Your dentist chooses the correct color filling for your teeth to ensure a natural look. These fillings also help stabilize the tooth’s remaining natural structure, protecting it from future damage.

When is a filling necessary? 
When tooth decay forms on a tooth, the only option is to remove it before it eats its way through the tooth. When the decay reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, it causes an infection and toothache and requires a root canal. Removing the decay also means removing parts of the tooth itself, leaving a hole. Dental fillings fill the hole left behind, sealing and protecting the tooth from further damage or decay.

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Harrisburg, PA
The procedure for fillings begins with numbing the area of the tooth with a local anesthetic to ensure a comfortable experience. With the area numbed, your dentist removes the decay using a dental drill. With the decay removed, Dr. Fontaine applies the filling in layers, then uses a light to harden and bond each layer. With the filling in place, Dr. Fontaine shapes it to fit into your bite, ensuring the tooth is functional and effective.

For more information on tooth-colored fillings, please contact Dr. Ernest Fontaine, DDS in Harrisburg, PA. Call (717) 564-1310 to schedule your appointment for a dental examination today!