Tooth colored fillings are also known as resin or composite dental fillings. These fillings are an aesthetic treatment option compared to traditional silver fillings. Composite fillings can also be placed in areas where traditional fillings cannot, such as on smooth surfaces or on the biting edges of teeth.
Because of the way composite fillings are made, they bond directly onto the surface of the tooth. One of the biggest benefits of composite fillings is that they are one of the least invasive treatment methods for small areas of decay or tooth abrasion. Other types of fillings require tooth preparation that holds the wedged filling material into place. Composite fillings require less tooth preparation, making them less invasive. Instead of patching a tooth, tooth colored fillings help repair and rebuild the natural anatomy of a tooth.
The color of composite fillings is matched closely with the natural enamel shade of the tooth surrounding the area that is to be repaired. Coloration of composite fillings does not change over time, so if the area is near the front of the mouth you may want to consider whitening your teeth prior to the treatment if that is something you will eventually want to do.
Composite fillings are used on all types of teeth. Some people also choose to have them done to replace older silver fillings, giving them a more aesthetic smile. Tooth colored fillings do not contain mercury, so for patients who are concerned about mercury content in amalgam (silver) fillings, composite fillings are the best alternative. Another benefit over silver fillings is that composite fillings do not act as a conductor to temperature changes, which prevents sensitivity.
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