Tooth-Colored Fillings Specialist

Katrina M. Schroeder, DMD -  - Dentist

Schroeder Dental Group

Katrina M. Schroeder, DMD

Dentist located in Apopka, FL

When your teeth become decayed, there’s a simple solution: fillings. At Schroeder Dental Group in Apopka, Florida, Katrina Schroeder, DMD, provides tooth-colored fillings that look just like natural teeth to treat decay and cavities. The best part is the procedure is simple and can be done in under an hour. You can even come in and take care of a filling on your lunch break. To find out more, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Tooth-Colored Fillings Q & A

What are tooth-colored fillings?

When one of your teeth is affected by decay or cavities, fillings help reverse the negative effects of decay and restore the health of your teeth. Without treatment, decay can wreak havoc on your teeth, even leading to tooth loss. These fillings can also be used to improve the health and appearance of teeth affected by:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Discoloration
  • Fractures
  • Sizing issues (teeth that are too short)

Dr. Schroeder uses tooth-colored fillings made of composite resin that closely resemble the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. They’re also sturdy and won’t chip or crack. Composite resin fillings can withstand the constant pressure of chewing and can be used on either front or back teeth.

How do tooth-colored fillings work?

Tooth-colored composite resin fillings can be placed in just one visit with Dr. Schroeder. The process involves a process called dental bonding. Dr. Schroeder uses a putty-like composite resin material. She molds the white filling around the affected tooth and smooths the filling in place until it’s the right shape.

Then, Dr. Schroder uses a laser to harden the filling material. After the filling has been hardened, she makes last-minute trims and alterations to ensure a proper fit. Typically, getting a tooth-colored filling takes about 30 minutes or up to an hour.

What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings?

The primary benefit of getting a tooth-colored filling is that it won’t detract from your smile. The filling will blend in with the rest of your natural teeth seamlessly. Even though some other types of filling materials, such as gold, are more durable, they will draw unwanted attention to your smile.

Also, getting a tooth-colored composite resin filling is a simple, cost-effective procedure. It won’t break the bank and it’s quick and painless. As far as dental work goes, this is as straightforward as it gets.

How long do tooth-colored fillings last?

Typically, tooth-colored composite resin fillings should last you at least five years, if not more. The key to maintaining your filling is practicing good oral hygiene. That means continue brushing and flossing regularly, eating a balanced diet, and coming in for your professional cleanings with Dr. Schroeder.

To learn more about tooth-colored fillings, call the office or book an appointment online today.