Nearly everyone has had a filling at some point in his or her life. But not everyone knows how technology has improved over the years. When most people think of fillings, they think of metal alloy fillings that stand out in stark contrast to the color of natural tooth enamel. But tooth-colored fillings are quickly becoming the filling of choice for patients and cosmetic dentists alike to correct tooth decay and cavities. Because of the cosmetic and restorative benefits that they can provide, Dr. Thomas J. Price at Georgia Dental Center is proud to offer tooth-colored fillings to his Decatur patients.
What Are Tooth-colored Fillings?
Just like traditional metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings are used to fill in teeth after a cosmetic dentist has cleared away the decayed tooth enamel from a cavity. But unlike traditional metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings are made of a natural-looking composite resin material. Once the cavity is filled, your dentist will use a special laser tool to set the resin. Because every patient is different, the resin can be custom mixed to perfectly match an individual patient’s tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings?
There are many benefits to choosing tooth-colored fillings over traditional metal alloy fillings.
- Beautiful and Natural: Unlike traditional metal alloy fillings, tooth-colored fillings are designed specifically to blend in seamlessly with your natural dental structure and tooth enamel from the color down to the pearlescent finish. Because of this, tooth-colored fillings are imperceptible to most observers and patients can smile with confidence.
- Better For Your Health: Traditional metal amalgam fillings can be made from a variety of different materials. One material commonly used is liquid mercury, known to be toxic. In contrast, composite resin fillings are nontoxic and a better option for patients concerned about health.
- Strong and Durable: A good filling cannot get by on looks alone. It also has to be durable and able to stand up to daily use. Tooth colored composite resin fillings are formulated to be just as strong as a patient’s natural tooth, allowing it to support the tooth and stand the test of time.
- Reduced Sensitivity: Traditional metal fillings are strong conductors and can amplify sensitivity to hot and cold foods, even causing pain in more extreme cases. In contrast, resin fillings reduce the potential for such sensitivity issues.
While there are clear-cut benefits to tooth-colored composite resin fillings, they are not able to solve all dental issues. If you are suffering from severe tooth decay requiring extensive work or a root canal, your cosmetic dentist may recommend an alternate course of action such as dental crowns over composite fillings.
Learn More about Tooth-colored Fillings Today
Between their strength and cosmetic attributes, it’s no wonder that cosmetic dentists strongly recommend composite resin tooth-colored fillings for patients in need of treatment for cracked teeth or cavities. Contact Thomas J. Price, DDS, and his capable restorative and cosmetic dentistry staff at Georgia Dental Center to schedule an appointment and talk to a professional about tooth-colored fillings today.