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By Ashley Harrison, DDS
February 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Even if you are careful with your teeth your entire life, there may come a time when your smile is just not what you want it to be. There are fillings\many reasons for teeth that are not up to par and you want to be sure you are showing off your best smile. Solutions to these problems can be found with the help of a dentist in Chico, CA, such as Dr. Ashley Harrison.

How Cosmetic Filings Can Help Restore Your Smile

Cosmetic fillings are often an effective way to strengthen damaged teeth and hide their appearance. If you have teeth that are cracked, chipped or broken, you may be able to utilize cosmetic fillings to keep the teeth strong and make them look brighter. When you first visit with the dentist in Chico, you will likely be asked to sit for x-rays. This gives the dentists a complete picture of the tooth or teeth and lets them decide whether cosmetic filings are an option for providing solidity for your teeth. They will likely show you some photographs of before and after so that you can determine if you are happy with the possibilities. If you decide to move forward, Dr. Harrison will perform the fillings procedure. In many cases, a specialized light is used in order to harden the fillings faster. This means that you will be able to use your teeth normally a short time after leaving the procedure.

Ultimately, you don’t have to live with the smile that you are ashamed of any longer. Getting a beautiful smile can be as simple as cosmetic fillings. If you want to explore the dental treatment options for improving your look, contact Dr. Harrison. Call her Chico, CA, dental office today at (530) 894-5454 to schedule a consultation to go over your options. Your best smile is just one dental visit away.

By Ashley Harrison, DDS
January 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  

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.”