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Sep
14

Metal-Free Fillings Look Great and Keep you Smiling

Posted in Fillings

Getting a filling doesn’t mean that you have to have a shiny metal restoration inside of your mouth. Now, tooth-colored composite fillings offer patients a metal-free alternative that’s also better for your smile.

What are the benefits of metal-free, composite fillings?

  • Less tooth preparation
  • A filling that blends in with your tooth
  • No mercury
  • No metal alloys
  • Smaller restorations

Have you thought about replacing your silver fillings with white fillings instead? That’s an option too! If your metal fillings are aging, leaking, or you’re just not happy with how they show when you smile, it’s a common request to have them replaced with white fillings instead.

One of the convenient things about composite fillings is that they can be placed in areas that silver fillings can’t: Such as smooth surfaces along the gumlines, the edges of teeth, or on front teeth that show when you smile. Since the material bonds directly with the porous tooth structure (something that silver fillings can’t do), they’re easier to place and are minimally invasive.

Composite fillings come in a wide variety of shades. Since everyone’s teeth come in different colors, it’s important that “white” fillings do too! Different undertones and hues of the teeth are matched on a shade guide so that a material can be used that closely resembles the natural structure of the tooth. Once the composite filling material is applied to the tooth and hardened with a curing light, the end result is a restoration that appears to seamlessly blend in with the tooth. You won’t even be able to tell where it starts!

Ask your dentist about repairing your teeth with white, composite fillings, or replacing your silver fillings today!

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli

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