Advances in materials and technology have changed a lot about the way we approach dental treatment. In the past, dental fillings were strictly restorative because they were either made of silver amalgam or a flat-looking white material.
Today, at Buxton Family Dental, we use tooth-colored composite fillings because they create a durable repair while also enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Composite fillings are made of glass and resin particles, giving the material a natural, somewhat translucent appearance. We can shape and shade composite resin to create a natural-looking repair that blends seamlessly with your smile.
Protecting Your Healthy Smile
It’s ironic, but the goal of dentistry is to have you see us routinely so you don’t have to see us as often! Semi-annual exams and cleaning appointments are your best defense against dental decay because they allow us to monitor your oral health on an ongoing basis.
When you keep your routine appointments, we can stay current with decay that may be developing and treat it before it becomes a significant problem that is involved and costly to treat.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
At our Fort Collins dental office, we only place tooth-colored composite fillings. We understand that many patients prefer not to have amalgam (silver) fillings because of concerns about mercury.
But we also choose composite fillings because the material can be custom color-matched to blend with the natural shade of your teeth. Additionally, dental composites are easy to work with, allowing Dr. Kendell Buxton to recreate the shape of your tooth or change its appearance for a more harmonious smile.
Another benefit is that composite fillings are a healthier choice than amalgam. To place an amalgam filling, a dentist would typically need to remove extra healthy structure to fill the cavity. But the process for placing composite fillings allows us to remove only the damaged part of a tooth to restore its function and appearance.
Perfecting Your Smile with Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Because of the esthetic nature of tooth-colored fillings, Dr. Buxton also uses the material for a process called cosmetic dental bonding. This process involves expertly building up portions of a tooth to conceal chipped or broken teeth, fill in uneven gaps and spaces between teeth, and even hide the discoloration of a severely stained tooth.
If you have been thinking about veneers but are put off by the cost, we will be happy to talk to you about choosing bonding instead. Since we can customize the color and shape of the material, we can often create similar esthetic results without multiple visits or the expense of veneers.
Please Call to Arrange an Appointment
If you want to achieve your healthiest smile, the best place to start is with a visit to our Fort Collins dental office. We will talk to you about your concerns, evaluate your needs, and make recommendations to restore your smile.