For many years, patients who developed cavities had to settle for a dark metal filling from the dentist. While this filling material was adequate for protecting the patient’s oral health, it left much to be desired in terms of aesthetics.
Now, patients can choose filling materials that are tooth-colored and can be tailored to come close to replicating the specific shade of the patient’s natural tooth. Many patients prefer these composite materials, which are mixtures of plastic resin and glass, because they don’t detract from the rest of the smile.
Now, patients can choose filling materials that are tooth-colored and can be tailored to come close to replicating the specific shade of the patient’s natural tooth.
The dentist can use composite materials in the same way as amalgam, so patients who must have cavities treated can select either option. In their early years, composite materials were not as durable as the amalgam, but technological advances have improved on composite fillings. They now can be used on many surfaces of the teeth, even those that bear the brunt of the forces associated with chewing.
Tooth-colored materials are a good choice for new fillings, but they can be swapped out for existing fillings, too. If you were treated with amalgam fillings years ago, your dentist can still improve your smile’s appearance by replacing the metal mixture with a composite filling.
In addition to the aesthetic benefits, composite materials have other advantages in comparison to amalgam. They bond more effectively with the tooth, which means that less tooth material must be removed prior to placing the filling. This allows the patient to have the cavity filled without having to endure a lot of drilling.
For most patients, maintaining an attractive smile is a significant source of motivation for scheduling regular checkups and cleanings. If you fall into this category and learn that you have a cavity, you’ll want to choose the filling material that blends in best with your smile.
Whether you’ve just found out about a cavity or you’ve had your fillings for decades, you can take advantage of tooth-colored fillings. To learn more about your options, ask the experienced dental team at Euro Dental Studio at your next appointment.