Dental restorations come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the more common procedures is for a dental filling. Fillings are an ideal way to treat cavities or dental caries. Most people know that you can use metal amalgam to seal the filling but more recently, a lot of people have been opting for tooth-colored material. Tooth-colored fillings can be made from porcelain or composite resin, and they serve as an alternative to metals.
Here are twelve reasons we recommend tooth-colored fillings over their metal counterpart:
Improve Confidence - One of the best reasons to make the switch? You will be able to smile with improved confidence! With a metal-free mouth, your teeth will look pristine and are sure to be cavity-free.
Aesthetically Pleasing - A big difference between metal and tooth-colored fillings are their appearance. Tooth-colored fillings will be whiter, and they bond to your tooth seamlessly, so you won’t be able to see them as quickly as you would with a metal filling.
Safer for Your Teeth - As metal tends to expand and contract, you’re at significant risk of causing a crack or a break within your tooth. Because tooth-colored fillings are made with porcelain, you won’t see that expanding and contracting. You’ll find that this added safety feature can potentially help you when the temperatures fluctuate.
Restore Your Dental Strength - As the metal amalgam doesn’t bond to your tooth, you won’t have as much dental strength. When you switch or add tooth-colored fillings, it bonds with your tooth, thus restoring strength back to your tooth.
Custom Shade to Match Your Teeth - Due to the materials used like porcelain or resin, the coloring of the filling can be custom made to fit your tooth shade! Your custom shade will make it look like you never received a cavity treatment.
No Need to Worry About Discoloration - Metal amalgam can potentially tint your teeth to a grey color, which means when you remove metal and use tooth-colored fillings you won’t have to worry about discoloration within your smile.
Long-Lasting Benefit - Did you know resin or composite material is stronger and more durable than metal amalgam? With proper oral health care, your colored fillings can last a long time!
Anterior Fillings - Most people don’t like having the look of metal on the anterior (outside) of their tooth to fix a cavity. With composite resin, you can make the color match the existing tooth, leading to more options on the anterior of your tooth.
No Long Wait - Traditionally, a metal amalgam takes around thirty minutes to complete, but you might be required to wait afterward to ensure it sets correctly. Tooth-colored fillings don’t need that long of a wait time, and you can leave the dentist without worrying you might mess up your tooth.
Preserve More of the Natural Tooth - When you use composite material for tooth-colored fillings, you’re able to preserve more of the natural tooth during the treatment, as it fits within the space better.
Stop Fillings in their Tracks - One way to combat future fillings in children is with tooth sealants. These clear coats over teeth can potentially stop fillers from happening. But, if you do end up getting a dental cavity, pair it with a tooth-colored filling, and no one will notice that your child had work done on their teeth.
Replace Metal Fillings - It’s quite easy to replace your metal fillings in favor of tooth-colored ones. Restore more than just the appearance and strength of your tooth when you opt to give this treatment a try!
Change Your Metal Fillings With Tooth-Colored Ones at Rasmussen Dental!
Cosmetic Dentistry at Rasmussen Dental has grown over the last few years. If you’re ready to improve your smile by changing out your metal fillings for more natural tooth-colored ones, we’ve got your back (and your pearly whites)!
Schedule an appointment, today, and we’ll get your smile back to a healthy, natural look and feel!