“What’s the big deal with tooth-colored restorations, and what exactly are they?” you may wonder to yourself. Regardless of the jargon, understanding the benefits associated with advanced restorations like tooth-colored fillings and white all-ceramic crowns can greatly affect the way you feel about agreeing to restorative dental care. Learn more about your options for a clearer understanding of just how far dentistry has come in helping you maintain a beautiful smile.

What Tooth-Colored Really Means

You may hear the terms “white” and “tooth-colored” used interchangeably when it comes to dental restorations. This is because we often refer to our teeth as white, even though they come in a variety of unique shades that are typically anything but pure white. When it comes to providing you with restorations, the goal is to match your tooth. Your dentist will choose a composite filling or a porcelain crown, for instance, that he may color-match to your surrounding tooth or to your surrounding smile for a seamless, natural-looking finish.

Additional Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

This treatment utilizes composite rather than the metal dentists once used to fill cavities. A white filling offers a variety of benefits in addition to looking beautiful and nearly undetectable, including the following:

  • A white filling does not result in temperature-related sensitivity like amalgam fillings
  • Because it is “white,” it will not darken the appearance of your tooth
  • A tooth-colored filling is safe for people allergic to metal and also for pregnant women because it is completely metal free
  • This type of filling is known to last a long time because it fuses with your tooth tissue, for reduced repair needs

Additional Advantages of Ceramic Crowns

Crafted completely out of porcelain, your ceramic crown will be color-matched to the rest of your smile. Unlike metal crowns and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns that rest on a metal base, these prosthetics are made solely of thin ceramic layers for a natural, translucent appearance. Just like your natural teeth are made out of many layers of tissue, so is your dental crown, without even a speck of dark metal.

About Your Moreno Valley Dentist:

Do you need comprehensive dental care to improve the health and beauty of your smile? If so, consult with your Riverside Dental Group dentists in Moreno Valley. We can help you achieve a lifetime of healthy, attractive smiles. To schedule an appointment at our office, contact us at (951) 697-6800. Located in the 92533 area, we proudly serve patients from Moreno Valley and all surrounding communities.