Nowadays, most restorative and cosmetic dentists offer only tooth-colored composite resin fillings. There are a few good reasons for this, as you’ll see.
White Fillings Look Natural
White fillings look more like tooth enamel than metal ones do.
When your teeth are patched up with a material colored to look like your natural enamel, no one will ever know how many fillings you have. On the other hand, people with metal restorations in their teeth may be too embarrassed to show off their smiles.
Modern dentistry combines functionality with esthetics since it’s important to have a smile you can be proud of. That’s why so many dentists have switched to offering only white fillings.
White Fillings Are Gentle on Teeth
If your smile is filled with a material that doesn’t contract at the same rate your teeth do, then it can weaken your enamel. This commonly happens with metal fillings, which can’t expand and contract at the same rate as teeth. As teeth move with time, the rigid metal forces tiny cracks in the dentin and enamel, which can let bacteria in.
Composite resin, on the other hand, moves and flexes with natural tooth material much better. This is another advantage to getting a white filling over a metal one.
White Fillings Are More Conservative
When a dentist places a composite resin filling, he or she chemically bonds it with the tooth. Metal restorations can’t bond with another structure. Because of this, they have to be made a little bigger than necessary and remove more tooth, creating a secure wedge to hold it in place. Getting a white restoration is far less invasive.
Contact a restorative dentist to figure out which kind of filling is best for your teeth.
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