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The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

added on: April 2, 2024

Per the CDC, 1 in 4 adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have at least one cavity. The prevalence of this oral health issue means that a safe, effective, and aesthetic solution is integral in the field of dentistry. Tooth-colored fillings were developed to meet this need and have become an increasingly popular option.

What is a Tooth-Colored Filling?

Tooth-colored fillings are also referred to as composite fillings. These are a dental restoration treatment that repairs teeth that have been affected by decay or undergone damage, such as cracks and fractures. The filling is chemically bonded to the tooth, making it a long-term and durable choice.

Dentists can use tooth-colored fillings to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible, as well as to provide the patient with the peace of mind that their filling blends seamlessly with their smile. Individuals who have a cavity, a broken tooth, or an old filling that’s deteriorating may all be candidates for a composite filling.

5 Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings 

As dentistry has continued to evolve and technological advancements have been made, tooth-colored fillings are now a reality for many patients. This innovative treatment has been transformative for restorative dentistry and patients no longer have to settle for mismatched metal fillings.

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings Blend Seamlessly

Many patients opt for tooth-colored fillings as they’re designed to camouflage with the surrounding teeth. The fillings are virtually undetectable, which can alleviate any concerns you may have about people noticing a silver filling.

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings Provide Extra Support 

Typically, tooth-colored fillings are created using a composite resin. The filling is bonded to the structure of the tooth, which provides additional support when compared to traditional metal fillings. The bonding process helps to preserve healthy teeth and maximizes existing strength.

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings Help Preserve Structure 

Patients suffering from decaying or otherwise damaged teeth are likely to want to hold onto all of the healthy tooth structure that they can. Tooth-colored fillings require less drilling, therefore preserving more healthy tooth structure than silver amalgam fillings.

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings are Mercury Free

Patients concerned about mercury can rest assured that tooth-colored fillings are completely free of this material. Regardless of whether you have a mercury allergy or if you’re uncomfortable with the potential side effects of mercury — tooth-colored fillings provide a safe, effective alternative.

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings are Less Likely to Fracture 

Traditional silver fillings are prone to expansion and contraction when they come into contact with hot or cold beverages. This can cause a gap to become exposed between the filling and the tooth and in extreme cases, can cause the tooth to crack. Tooth-colored fillings aren’t affected by these temperature changes.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If tooth-colored fillings sound like they’re right for you, schedule an appointment with our team at Smilebuilderz today. Our professional staff and dentists can help guide you toward the best solution and customized treatment plan. With three locations in Lancaster and Ephrata, our team at Smilebuilderz looks forward to seeing you soon to discuss fillings, smile goals, and more.