Metal fillings may seem a bit out-of-date, but some patients still prefer them to composite (white) dental fillings. However, there are many benefits that composite fillings have over traditional amalgam restorations:
Composite Fillings are Minimally Invasive
Metal fillings require adjusting the tooth in order to wedge the filling into a position that holds it in place. This makes the filling larger and more invasive. With a composite filling, the material bonds directly to the surface of the tooth enamel. For this reason, less tooth preparation as needed. The results are smaller, less invasive fillings that preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible.
They Blend in With Your Smile
It goes without saying that composite fillings are a more appropriate cosmetic option. Each white filling is carefully matched to the natural shade and undertone of your tooth enamel. After the filling is placed, most people will never even know that you had dental work done. The fillings blend in with your entire smile, the same way other dental treatments do – like crowns, veneers or bonding.
They Can be Used on Any Tooth
Due to the physical properties of metal free fillings, they can be used on just about any tooth in your mouth. Their appearance provides the freedom to place them on the front teeth that are visible at all times. You can’t do that with metal fillings. In the past this meant larger restorations were needed. Now you can preserve your healthy tooth structure by using a small, minimally invasive white filling instead.
If you have a cavity that needs to be filled, or want to discuss changing out your old metal fillings with white ones – call your dentist today.
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Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
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