Benefits Of Tooth-Colored Fillings
When you need to have a cavity filled, the type of restoration you choose can influence your oral health and your smile’s appearance in a number of ways. Because tooth colored fillings have many advantages over amalgam (metal) ones, you may ask your dentist for this treatment option for new cavities or to replace old amalgam fillings.
Advantages Of Tooth Colored Fillings
Patients may be interested in tooth colored fillings for a number of reasons. Here is an overview of some the most popular characteristics of these restorations, although this list is far from comprehensive:
- Aesthetics: The composite materials used in these fillings approximate the shade of biological teeth and can be adjusted to come as close as possible to matching the color of your teeth. As such, tooth colored fillings are barely noticeable when a patient smiles.
- Preserve more healthy enamel: Composites bond with enamel more effectively than amalgam, so restorations can be smaller. Your dentist may not need to remove as much healthy tooth material as is necessary to accommodate a large amalgam filling.
- Reduced sensitivity to temperature: Amalgam fillings will expand and contract in response to temperature changes, and that can compromise the integrity of the filling and cause it to crack, creating the need for the filling to be replaced. In contrast, tooth colored fillings do not respond to heat and cold in the same way, so they are more stable.
Can I replace old metal fillings with tooth-colored ones?
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your old metal fillings, or if the condition of an existing metal filling has degraded significantly, replacing those fillings with tooth colored ones may be an option for you.
Call the office of Dr. Randy Parham and speak to one of our friendly staff members to get any information about tooth colored fillings that you may want. We’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you so that you can learn more about this treatment option.