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By Cental Valley Dentist
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Bright White SmileNeed dental fillings? You can have a healthy, natural-looking smile with tooth-colored fillings, whether they are used to treat cavities or repair damaged teeth. Central Valley Dentist, which has offices in Manteca, CA, and Stockton, CA, is headed by Dr. Rujul Parikh and offers a full range of dental services. Noted as being one of the finest dentists in Manteca, Dr. Parikh can provide you with the below benefits of tooth-colored fillings.

1. Beautify Your Smile- Amalgam fillings are less popular than tooth-colored fillings because of their silver-like appearance. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a tooth-colored glass and plastic mixture. Your dentist can closely match the color of your fillings to the color of your teeth. Once your dentist completes your fillings, they will look natural and won't be noticeable when you smile or talk. 

2. Treat Dental Cavities- Tooth-colored fillings are used to repair teeth that have cavities. Cavities, also called tooth decay, are holes in the teeth. Causes of tooth decay include drinking sugary beverages, frequent snacking, and poor oral hygiene. Untreated cavities can cause infection, tooth pain and tooth loss. 

3. Repair Fractured Teeth- Tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair fractured teeth. Chipping or cracking a tooth is a common problem. An accident, sports injury, or chewing something hard can cause a tooth to break. A tooth-colored filling can make your broken tooth look whole and healthy again. 

4. Fix Worn-Down Teeth- Tooth-colored dental fillings are used to fix worn-down teeth. Tooth wear is caused by eating foods that have a high acid content, tooth grinding, and brushing aggressively. Tooth-colored dental fillings are less likely to wear down than tooth enamel.

5. Strengthen Your Teeth- Dental fillings may last many years, but eventually, all fillings need to be replaced. Tooth-colored fillings are incredibly strong and will restore full function of your damaged or weakened teeth. Tooth-colored fillings can be used on your front teeth or back teeth. They can be expected to withstand biting and chewing forces well. 

If you need dental fillings, why wait? We can help you today. Call Central Valley Dentist at 209-825-1030 today to schedule a dental appointment in Manteca, CA. Call 209-955-1800 to schedule an appointment in Stockton, CA. Tooth-colored fillings will do you and your smile a world of good.

By Cental Valley Dentist
November 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  
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It takes a lot of skill, experience, talent and artistry to create tooth restorations that look so natural that no one can tell them apart from the originals. To do so requires understanding of the normal anatomy of a tooth as well as of the interactions of light and color.

How the anatomy of a tooth determines color

The color that we perceive when looking at a tooth results from the combined appearance of the tooth’s center core (dentin layer) and its covering enamel. Going from the outside in, the enamel is made of tightly packed crystals of calcium, which cause it to be one of the hardest substances naturally produced by animals. The crystals are also responsible for a tooth’s brilliance and translucence. The dentin is more like bone, a porous living tissue composed of microscopic tubes, interspersed with more calcium crystals. In the very center of the tooth is a central chamber containing the pulp and nerves.

Each of these layers has its own physical and optical properties. Since the enamel is translucent and the dentin is more opaque, most of the tooth’s color comes from the dentin and is transmitted through the enamel layer. Factors that affect this transmission include the thickness and age of the enamel as well as external tooth whitening.

If the enamel is more translucent, more of the color of the dentin shows through. If it is more opaque, the enamel absorbs and reflects light so that less color is visible and the enamel looks brighter.

The language of color composition and reflected light

Color means the whole spectrum in the rainbow. The spectrum is made up of the three primary colors — red, blue, and green. When all are combined, they create white light.

Hue refers to the brightest forms of the colors. The color we perceive depends on the dominant wavelength of light that is reflected by an object.

Value refers to a color’s lightness or darkness. A brighter color has a higher value.

Chroma is the amount of identifiable hue in a color. An achromatic color (without hue) appears gray.

Saturation is a measure of a color’s intensity.

This terminology of color is used not only by dentists and dental technicians, but also by a wide range of artists. It implies expertise and understanding of how colors work, how they vary and change and affect one another.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about bonding to repair chipped teeth. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”