Tooth Colored Fillings

How are tooth colored fillings different from normal fillings?
As the name indicates, tooth colored fillings offer excellent aesthetics as they match the exact shade of natural teeth. Conventional amalgam fillings are metallic in color and do not offer any aesthetic value. Tooth colored fillings are also known as composite fillings. Composite is one of the most versatile materials in restorative dentistry.

Good quality nano-filled composites offer a number of advantages including:

  • Structural stability
  • Ideal aesthetics
  • Strength to withstand intra-oral forces during mastication without fracture
  • 100% biocompatibility and non-toxic composition
  • Durability

Are tooth colored fillings strong enough to restore posterior teeth/molars?
Yes, leading dentists across the globe frequently use composites to restore posterior as well as anterior teeth owing to the remarkable properties of the material. The strength of amalgam and nano-filled composites is comparable, with the added advantages of aesthetic value and zero toxicity.
However, to ensure success and long life of a composite restoration, it is critical to create the perfect cavity design that can retain the filling after it has been set.
Inexperienced dentists often make the mistake of not paying adequate attention to creating the right cavity design which results in dislodgement of the filling.

Can tooth colored fillings be used to close gaps between teeth?
Yes, composite buildups are frequently use for the aesthetic closure of gaps (also called diastemas) between teeth. Composite is layered in a manner that matches the natural gradual change of color density from enamel to dentin for ideal results.
It is important for patients to understand that composite buildups are not as strong as porcelain crowns or dental implants, and can fracture if subjected to high forces or pressure. Gap closing buildups are generally only done for aesthetic purposes and do not guarantee strength.

What happens during a composite tooth filling procedure?
First, the composite shade is selected to make sure the restoration matches the exact shade of the natural tooth.
The decayed or carious portion of the tooth is removed using a hand-piece.
The tooth is isolated to prevent saliva from contaminating the restoration.
The tooth is then etched to create porosities at microscopic level; this is done to ensure better bonding between the tooth surface and the filling material. The etching agent is applied on to the tooth and then washed off after 15 seconds for ideal results.
Next, a bonding agent is applied on to the tooth and cured using a blue light.
Composite is then manipulated into the cavity and the natural contour and morphology of the tooth is recreated.
The filling is then set or cured with a curing light. (Composite contains light-activated molecules that set when exposed to a blue light)

Is the procedure painful?
Because dentin is less mineralized as compared to enamel, patients may experience discomfort when the decayed portion is being removed using a hand piece. Local anesthesia can be injected at the site to ensure a painless filling procedure.

The restorative experts at Anantuni Family Dental offer the finest, most effective composite tooth colored fillings in Chandler, AZ. We offer safe, reliable and convenient restoration of multiple teeth in a single sitting, and also provide amalgam replacement services for a complete smile makeover.
Call us today on 480-281-4000 to book an appointment with the leading dental team in Chandler!

We are proud to be Gold Provider of Invisalign® treatment! Many of our patients had never considered traditional braces but are now happily and comfortably improving their smiles with Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign treatment is ideal for your busy schedule, with fewer doctor visits required (approximately once every six weeks).

Invisalign Clear Aligners

The Invisalign system straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. From mild cases of crooked teeth and protruding teeth, to much more difficult dental problems involving serious malocclusion, overbite, or underbite, Invisalign clear aligners effectively corrects a wide variety of dental problems. Whether your teeth are widely gapped, overly crowded or somewhere in between, we have an affordable Invisalign teeth-straightening option just for you.

How to Wear Invisalign Clear Aligners

After your dentist gives you your custom-fit invisible aligners, you will wear the smooth plastic orthodontics 20-22 hours each day. You can remove your aligners to eat, which means you can continue enjoying all of your favorite foods without any restrictions. You will also remove your aligners to clean your teeth, so you don’t need to change the way you floss and brush each day, making good hygiene easy! The average treatment time for patients with Invisalign treatment is just around a year. This simple process will fly by and you’ll be loving your new and improved smile in no time.

Invisalign First for Kids

Some kids can benefit from early orthodontic intervention to help improve their bite and prevent future problems. Anywhere from ages 6-10 kids can benefit from this type of treatment known a phase 1. 

There is an option for this stage of orthodontia! It’s called Invisalign First. It is designed to deliver effective results for child who is still growing and developing. It is made for comfort, without the hassle of extra hygiene care or food restrictions.

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen comes with all of the same great benefits as the original Invisalign clear aligners, but with a few added features. Invisalign Teen utilizes a Blue Dot Wear Indicator to monitor the amount of time that each aligner is worn. We also provide six free replacement aligners with Invisalign Teen in case aligners become lost or broken.

If you’re interested in all of the Invisalign Teen advantages like increased comfort, shorter wear time, fewer appointments, and no food restrictions, give us a call today. We will make it easy for you to get your ideal smile.

Invisalign Treatment for Adults

We now offer Invisalign treatment for adults! Many adults are hesitant to straighten their teeth for many different reasons: The visible wires and brackets, extra care required, food restrictions and time visiting the dentists. Invisalign clear aligners frees you from all of these hassles. These clear, custom fitted appliances allow you to be treated without being noticed! Since they are removable, there is no extra hygiene care and you can eat whatever you like. You will also spend less time in the dentist chair, with an average of 1 visit per 6 weeks. There has never been a better time and easier way to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Invisalign Clear Aligner Results

Invisalign treatment is not only convenient and easy, but effective.  Take a look at some of the results:

Before
After
Before
After
Before
After
Before
After
Before
After
Before
After

Invisalign Treatment Cost

Invisalign clear aligners are similarly priced to braces. Price depends on the complexity and length of treatment.  The good news is that there are several options.  Your insurance may cover part of the cost if you have orthodontic coverage. Our treatment coordinator will be happy to look up your benefit and go over specific coverage with you.  If you don’t have orthodontic coverage,

Let's do it!

Ready for your free consultation?  Call our East Office location 480-821-4000. If you want to learn more about Invisalign® treatment and how it works, please visit the Invisalign® Website!

Invisalign®, the Invisalign logo, and iTero®, among others, are trademarks and/or service marks of Align Technology, Inc. or one of its subsidiaries or affiliated companies and may be registered in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Itero Element 5D

iTero Element 5D       Just one scan! 

First intraoral scanner that aids in the detection of interproximal caries lesion1Scan the structures of a tooth (enamel & dentin) in real time and watch as the iTero Element 5D’s near-infrared imaging2 (NIRI) technology reveals the internal tooth structure without using harmful radiation.

iTero Element 5D       Just one scan! 
  • Aids in detecting and monitoring proximal caries by scanning at every routine appointment, without using harmful radiation
  • Distinguish enamel and dentine structure for even better prosthetic design
  • Support your diagnostic capabilities for comprehensive preventive and restorative oral care
  • Combine the power of diagnostic, restorative, and Invisalign workflows in a single, comprehensive scan
Learn more