Advantages of Tooth-colored Fillings
- March 1, 2014
Amalgam or silver fillings used to be the only option when getting a tooth filling for a cavity. Though they are very strong and can last for 10-15 years, silver fillings don’t look as subtle and pleasing as most patients would wish them to be. They can turn dark in the long-term and make people feel conscious about their smile, especially if the tooth that has been filled is around the front area of the mouth.
Today, thanks to advancements in dental technology and cosmetic dentistry, patients can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of amalgam. They are more aesthetically pleasing than silver fillings and they don’t need as much tooth reduction when being placed into the affected tooth.
Resin and porcelain are the main materials used for tooth-colored fillings because they can blend really well with natural teeth color. Your Columbia SC dentist can even mix the material in order to find the perfect shade for you.
Patients who also don’t want to use amalgam fillings anymore can use tooth-colored fillings as a good alternative. They may not be as strong as amalgam when it comes to taking pressure from biting and chewing, but they can also last for many years.
Another really great advantage of tooth-colored fillings is that they are perfect for repairing front teeth. Because they can match the natural shade of your teeth, people won’t even notice that you had a filling done. They are also the best alternative for patients who have allergies to metal and cannot use silver fillings.
If you need to have a tooth filling done next time at your Columbia SC dental clinic, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist about tooth-colored fillings. Call Total Dental Care of South Carolina at 803-272-4162 to ask about your tooth filling options today.