Advancements in modern dentistry have created new options for restorations that repair damaged and decayed teeth. Tooth-colored or white fillings, often called Composite Resins, offer a natural-looking alternative to the old Amalgam, also called silver or mercury fillings.
Composite fillings not only look natural, but offer several clinical advantages to the traditional silver fillings. Consider the “pros” when it comes to tooth-colored fillings:
- Old fashioned silver fillings usually require more extensive removal of your tooth structure in order to secure the silver in your tooth. Composite fillings bind to minimal tooth structure so only the diseased part of the tooth needs to be removed, helping to preserve the healthy tissue.
- Silver fillings darken over time and may cause outlying enamel to appear gray.
- Since silver fillings expand over time, your teeth are more likely to crack. White fillings bond to the tooth and restore most of the original strength of the tooth, reducing the likelihood of future breakage.
- Teeth restored with white fillings are usually less sensitive to hot and cold than teeth restored with silver fillings.
At our office we prefer to provide our patients the newest and best alternatives available, which are Composite Resin fillings. These cosmetic fillings are aesthetically pleasing and they provide a much better service and protection for your teeth. We can also replace you old silver fillings with new tooth-colored fillings to help rejuvenate your smile.