Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are a very common type of dental procedure needed whenever a patient experiences tooth decay. Although fillings serve an important role in dentistry, they have a tendency to be more prominent than many patients would like. In cases like this, tooth-colored fillings can help.
Tooth-colored fillings are created from the same composite resin material used in dental bonding. They offer good durability and fracture-resistance in cases where a filling must withstand moderate chewing pressure. They are useful for both front and back teeth.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings:
Replacing old metal fillings
Safer for your teeth
Repairing decay and damage
No tooth staining
Tooth-colored fillings are simply more cosmetically pleasing than basic metal fillings. They seamlessly blend in with your surrounding teeth, so no one will know that you had a dental treatment.
By receiving tooth-colored dental fillings, you are restoring your teeth to their normal, beautiful appearance. You can again smile with confidence, knowing your teeth and smile appear pristine and free of metal.
Replacing Old Metal Fillings
You can have your old metal fillings replaced to improve the appearance of teeth that were previously treated.
Safer for Your Teeth
One drawback of traditional metal amalgam is that it tends to contract and expand when temperatures fluctuate. This constant change can pressure teeth and cause them to crack and eventually break. Tooth-colored fillings will not expand and contract like regular fillings; so they are safer for your teeth.
Repairing Decay and Damage
No matter what type of dental filling you get, you can rest assured that it will be doing its job of replacing natural tooth structure that is missing due to decay or damage. Fillings prevent further damage from occurring, and protect sensitive nerves within the teeth.
No Tooth Staining
Silver amalgam fillings can change the color of natural teeth over time to a grayish tone. Tooth-colored fillings will not discolor your teeth.
It is important to weigh both the pros and cons whenever you consider any type of dental procedure. Although tooth-colored fillings have a high rate of patient satisfaction, they are not for everyone.
One disadvantage of tooth-colored fillings is that they are not as long-lasting as other types. For example, silver dental fillings can last 15 years or more, while composite fillings only last about 10 years.
The procedure of receiving tooth-colored fillings is also longer than what you’d expect with metal fillings.
Another potential drawback of tooth-colored fillings is that they are more expensive than regular fillings, although most patients find that the additional expense is worth it.
If you are interested in receiving tooth-colored fillings to improve your oral health and smile, we invite you to reach out to us today and schedule a free consultation.