Tooth Colored Fillings
In all of our restorative procedures, we seek to create the perfect balance of natural appearance and long lasting durability. For this reason, we rely on tooth-colored composite resin fillings and porcelain inlays and onlays to provide stronger, more natural restorations that strengthen the remaining dental structure. Traditionally, we used amalgam metal filling material to correct this minor damage. While these durable materials offered an adequate restoration, there were also several drawbacks including:
- Amalgam fillings are crafted outside of the mouth and held in position by wedges etched in the side of the remaining healthy dental structure, making them a less conservative option compared with composite resin fillings.
- Amalgam metal expands and contracts at a different rate than natural dental structure which can allow bacteria to infiltrate the space between the tooth and filling, wear away the edges of the filling, or break the tooth.
- 50% or more of the silver amalgam filling is crafted from mercury. As the filling breaks down after years of wear, they stain surrounding teeth or lead to other concerns.
For these and other reasons, we typically recommend tooth-colored restorations. There are a number of advantages of these filling options compared with silver-colored metal amalgams including:
- Composite resin can be applied directly to the damaged or decayed tooth without the need to remove any healthy structure.
- The putty like composite resin seeps into the smallest cracks and grooves in the tooth creating a tight bond between the tooth and filling that prevents bacteria from accessing the tooth leading to further damage.
- Teeth are less likely to experience sensitivity from the conducting of heat or cold through the filling.
- The composite filling looks and feels like a healthy natural tooth.
- These fast, effective treatments can typically be completed in just one day, and in most cases, we’re able to replace amalgam fillings with tooth-colored solutions.