Dental fillings are one of the most well-known treatment options out there. If you suffer from tooth decay or minor cavities, fillings will be able to rebuild the compromised tooth structure and make your teeth feel strong and look their very best. It’s an essential part of general and cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Over the last several years, more and more people have been using tooth-colored dental fillings rather than the metal fillings of the past. Let’s take a moment right now to consider the benefits of tooth-colored dental fillings and the reasons why people have decided to get their metal fillings replaced by them.
About Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Tooth-colored dental fillings are made from white composite materials. These ceramic fillings are carefully laid into the prepped tooth to restore the tooth structure just as a metal filling would be.
Is replacing metal fillings common?
Relatively speaking, yes it is. More and more people have been looking into ways of improving their dental health while also making their smile look its very best.
The procedure itself involves the careful removal of the metal filling and a little additional prep for the tooth itself. Once this is done, the tooth-colored filling can be laid in place as needed. During the consultation process, we will determine if other tooth-colored dental restorations will be used rather than just dental fillings (i.e., inlays, onlays, dental crowns).
There are a number of reasons why this is a great option to consider, and some are more obvious that others.
Cosmetic Reasons for Replacing Metal Fillings
Clearly one of the most compelling reasons for replacing your metal fillings with tooth-colored ones is for better overall appearance of your smile. Metal fillings have a telltale dark gray color, which can make some people feel very self-conscious. By contrast, the tooth-colored fillings are virtually undetectable, making your smile look pristine and beautiful.
Health Reasons for Replacing Metal Fillings
The less obvious reasons for replacing metal fillings are ones pertaining to dental health. Though a staple of restorative dentistry treatments for years, metal dental fillings did contain mercury, which is highly toxic. By contrast, tooth-colored dental fillings do not contain harmful substances such as mercury.
In addition, metal fillings can warp slightly with fluctuations in temperature, expanding just a bit in extreme heat or shrinking in size a bit in extreme cold. This can cause tiny fractures within the tooth that can lead to major problems later in life. Tooth-colored fillings will not shift in size since they are made of ceramic/composite materials.
Compelling Reasons for Using Tooth-Colored Fillings In General
Rather than getting metal fillings replaced at a later time, many dentists are simply using tooth-colored dental fillings in the first place. The best thing about this is that tooth-colored fillings can be placed without the need to remove as much healthy tooth structure as a metal dental filling. This is better for a patient’s dental health in the long run.
Learn More About Restorative Dental Care
If you would like to learn more about dental fillings and your many options out there for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Dallas cosmetic dentistry center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.