If you’ve received tooth-colored fillings in the past, then you’re probably aware of the gray sheen they give off when light reflects off of them. This can make them far more obvious to others and even cause you to not smile as often as you’d like. Thankfully, when you have damaged teeth but don’t want to sacrifice your smile’s appearance, you can opt for tooth-colored fillings to restore them!
Tooth-colored fillings work to restore your damaged teeth without forcing you to change their appearance. If you’re prepared to have your fillings replaced today or have fillings placed for the first time, look no further than the dentists at Stonebriar Smile Design. Contact our office today!
Traditional amalgam fillings make up a mixture of metals, including mercury and sometimes copper, to restore teeth damaged by tooth decay. While these materials have been sufficient for many years, they do carry their drawbacks.
In comparison, tooth-colored fillings are a combination of glass and plastic mixed together to form a putty-like substance known as composite resin. After the material is shaded to better blend in with your tooth, one of our highly-trained cosmetic dentists will place the material into the affected tooth, shape it to align with your current bite and then use a curing light to harden the material instantly.
Because tooth-colored fillings do not use any metals, they can easily be blended and shaded to match the exact color of your existing teeth. That means there’s no worry of a gray reflection showing up in your smile.
Additionally, dentists don’t need to buff down enamel in order to make room for an amalgam filling, similar to a dental crown. With composite resin, they only need to fill the damaged tooth, shape it and harden the material, allowing you to maintain more of your tooth’s natural structure.
For some, metal fillings have a tendency to cause increase teeth sensitivity, especially when the teeth are exposed to hot or cold foods and beverages. Composite resin doesn’t contract and change shape when exposed to this stimuli, so it’s far less likely to cause more sensitivity. If you have an issue with having metals placed in your mouth, composite resin is a great alternative as well.
If your dental fillings are old, chances are they need to be replaced. If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity or pain around the filling, it’s likely that the tooth has begun to break down further. One of the negative aspects of amalgam fillings is their tendency to break the tooth apart more over time.
This is because in order to stay in place, fillings act as a wedge inside the broken tooth. Composite resin does not do this, so while you may not necessarily need to have your amalgam fillings placed today, its likely you’ll need to get them replaced eventually anyway. Tooth-colored fillings generally distribute force more evenly than amalgam as well, so it’s worth keeping this in mind if you care about long-term durability.