What Makes Tooth-Colored Fillings Different?
Have you ever caught a glimpse of a silver filling in someone’s mouth when they smile or laugh? Many older fillings are made of a mixture (also called an amalgam) of metals, including silver, mercury, copper, and tin. Today, however, dentists are able to use materials such as composite resins and porcelains that look and feel more like our natural teeth. Now, no one but your dentist needs to know you have fillings!
Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Effective?
Tooth-colored fillings are actually more effective than amalgam fillings in many ways. A tooth-colored filling will create a strong bond with the tooth that allows you to bite into hard or crunchy food without concern. Amalgam fillings, on the other hand, do not actually bond with teeth. In addition, patients sometimes experience sensitivity or allergic reactions to the metals used in amalgam fillings, and these fillings are more susceptible to decay and cracking than tooth-colored fillings.
While amalgam fillings can be cost effective and long lasting, tooth-colored fillings are also very affordable and can last for decades.
When Should You Get Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are the norm, so consider them any time you need to fill a cavity. In particular, any area where a filling could be noticed by others is a good candidate for a tooth-colored filling instead of an amalgam filling. Tooth-colored fillings are a great option for chips in your front teeth as well.
These fillings are not just for new cavities, however. Over the course of your lifetime, you might need to have a filling replaced. If you have an amalgam filling that you need to replace, take the opportunity to upgrade to a filling that will look and feel great.
Whether you are a new patient or someone who has been treated here before, please contact us if you would like to schedule a tooth-colored filling with Southern Dental Care.
Other Dental Services
If you’re unsure whether or not you have a cavity or you’re suffering from any other tooth pain, read about our additional tooth pain relief and dental care services. We can treat tooth injuries and root canals as well as offer you preventative care. We will be sure to schedule you as soon as possible to diagnose the problem and provide you with the care you need.