Metal fillings may seem a bit out-of-date, but some patients still prefer them to composite (white) dental fillings.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.
Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
White fillings are a great way to improve the health of your smile while also taking the appearance of your teeth into consideration. Not only are white fillings free of metal and mercury, they can be used in a variety of areas throughout your mouth that conventional amalgam fillings cannot.
One of the most unique advantages of white, tooth colored fillings is that the material bonds directly to the porous enamel of teeth. This creates a bond that allows structures to be filled or re-built, such as on the biting edges of chipped front teeth. It also means that less tooth preparation is needed during a filling. Rather, a minimally invasive approach is used that only removes damaged tooth structure and protects a larger amount of healthy tooth enamel.
The color of your white fillings are carefully matched to the exact shade of your natural tooth enamel. This allows the finished restoration to blend seamlessly across the tooth, as if no treatment was performed whatsoever.
Old fillings can typically be replaced with white fillings as they begin to age, or due to aesthetic concerns. Both front and back teeth can be filled with composite material, as well as areas that require bonding, such as exposed root surfaces or gaps between the teeth.
Because white fillings are so much smaller, they help preserve your natural teeth longer than other types of fillings. But first, tooth decay must be diagnosed and treated as early as possible, to keep treatment even less invasive and more affordable. See your dentist for regular check-ups at least twice each year, as well as routine radiographs that can find areas of tooth decay while they are still in their earliest stages.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates
For many adults who have had cavities filled, their mouths are full of metal. Some people are self conscious about how their silver metal fillings make their teeth look. They feel as though the fillings discolor their teeth and are obvious when they speak to others and smile. Today, there is a more aesthetically pleasing option for those who need to have cavities filled. White fillings (also known as “tooth colored fillings”) are made to blend in with the natural tooth enamel while bonding to the tooth and preventing more damage or decay.
Both children and adults are good candidates for white fillings. Adults who are uncomfortable with their silver fillings also have the option to have them replaced with white fillings. White fillings are made out of high quality composite material that bonds to the tooth and is made to withstand normal wear and tear from chewing, biting, talking, laughing, and other normal uses of the mouth. Because white fillings are shaped and colored to resemble a real tooth, people usually can not even tell that a tooth has ever been filled. For many, this feature is just as important as preventing further tooth decay.
Our teeth say a lot about who we are. For those in position to be in front of an audience on a regular basis, or for those who consider themselves to be very outgoing, they care about how the appearance of their teeth affects how others view them. White fillings are available for almost anyone who needs to have a cavity filled. They are highly effective at prevention of further decay and for helping to maintain the beauty of a natural smile.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
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