Tooth-Colored Fillings – Costa Rica / San Jose
The exceptionally trained, highly skilled dentists of Clínica Gadea Ramírez, a renowned Costa Rica cosmetic dentistry practice, offer numerous advanced procedures, such as the placement of tooth-colored (white) fillings. These dental structures can be used to replace old amalgam fillings or to repair teeth damaged by cavities. If you would like to learn more about white fillings, explore the paragraphs below.
Tooth-Colored Fillings: What Are They?
Tooth-colored fillings are used as part of the procedure to eliminate decay from teeth and replace the lost structures with durable material that will restore the original tooth shape and function. White fillings are made with a special resin that matches the color of the teeth. Therefore, white fillings look much better than the old-fashioned amalgam (silver) fillings. In addition, white fillings are mercury-free, which makes them safer than the traditional amalgam fillings.
The White Fillings Procedure
The procedure begins by applying a small layer of resin to the affected area. The dentist then shapes the resin into the form of the tooth and applies a powerful ultraviolet light that helps the material get firm. The doctor then completes the procedure by adjusting the resin to achieve the desired tooth shape.
Dr. Rodolfo Gadea, Dr. Marisel Ramirez, and Dr. Magali Carvajal generally perform the placement of a tooth-colored filling within a single office visit. The fillings will last at least 10 years. However, the lifetime of the filling will depend on the hygiene habits of the patient. In addition to improving the appearance of the teeth, tooth-colored fillings also prevent future decay because they seal the surface of the teeth, thus protecting the teeth from dangerous bacteria.