Traditional fillings have been around for many years, and it’s only in the last few decades that a workable replacement has moved into mainstream dentistry. If you have metal fillings that have become discolored, you can have them replaced with tooth-colored fillings that are much more attractive.
Tooth Colored Fillings for a More Attractive Smile
Fillings have been a staple in dental reconstruction for a very long time. Traditionally, they are made of a metal amalgam. In recent years, however, more and more dentists are using tooth-colored fillings. These are made of plastic resins or porcelain. While not always as durable as metal fillings, they are more attractive, and some people feel they are better for your overall health.
One problem often associated with metal fillings is discoloration. They can become dark and unattractive and give your teeth a stained appearance. If you’re unhappy with the way your fillings look, talk to our dentist about tooth-colored replacements. If you’ve had tooth-colored fillings before and they’ve become stained, they also can be replaced with newer, color-matched versions to revitalize your smile.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Aside from the obvious advantage of matching your natural teeth, tooth-colored fillings provide additional advantages, including:
- They don’t conduct heat and cold, which can result in discomfort
- The resin bonds with your tooth to help prevent cracking
- Resin does not expand and contract like amalgam
- They do not contain mercury like amalgam fillings do
- They don’t require as much drilling
Porcelain or resin fillings are often more expensive than metal fillings, but these advantages offset the additional cost. If taken care of, they will last nearly as long as amalgam fillings. They also reduce the possibility that your tooth will crack over time and require a crown. For teeth that experience considerable bite pressures, such as molars, wear might be more extreme, so be sure to discuss your options with our dentist.
Contact our office today to set up an appointment to meet with Dr. Sheth and discuss your treatment options.