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Oct
7

The Beauty of Tooth-colored (White) Fillings

Posted in Fillings

Dental fillings are a time-tested method of restoring teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay and cavities.

Originally, cavities were most commonly repaired using metal amalgam.

However, recent dentistry advances have caused a shift in the material used to repair cavities. Tooth-colored fillings are now the top choice of most dentists. In fact, tooth-colored fillings are a more natural looking and safer alternative to metal amalgam fillings. Additionally, tooth-colored fillings:

–         Are completed during a single visit,

–         Offer long-lasting results

–         Fully restore the function of your tooth

More Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings

One of the most popular benefits of tooth-colored fillings is that your dentist will use composite material that most closely matches your tooth’s natural shade. Therefore, other people won’t be able to notice or see your fillings.

Furthermore, tooth-colored fillings don’t contain mercury. This is perhaps the greatest safety benefit of choosing tooth-colored fillings. However, there is still much debate within the dental industry as to whether the mercury in metal amalgam fillings actually poses harm to a patient. Nevertheless, in order to eliminate potential health risk, many dentists choose to only use tooth-colored fillings for their patients.

Additional tooth-colored benefits include:

–         Bonding that promotes the preservation of your tooth’s natural structure

–         Restoration of  your tooth’s strength and function

–         Reduction of tooth sensitivity

Contact your dentist about tooth-colored fillings if you have one or more cavities requiring treatment. Also, many patients choose to have their old metal amalgam fillings replaced with tooth-colored fillings. Be sure to ask your dentist about this option as well.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.

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