Choose a Metal-Free Treatment for Cavities
What is a Tooth-Colored Filling?
Metal fillings have been the go-to treatment for tooth decay for decades. They are made from a variety of metals, including mercury, making them cost-effective and durable. Unfortunately, this also creates several disadvantages. Although the American Dental Association supports their use, many people remain concerned about the long-term risk of mercury exposure. Not to mention, they are highly noticeable, and they cause your tooth to darken over time.
Tooth-colored fillings resolve the disadvantages of metal ones. They are made from a mixture of fine plastic and glass particles. Since they are metal-free, there is no risk of mercury exposure or a dark appearance. The composite resin material is customized to match the color of your enamel to blend in with your tooth.
Tooth-colored fillings also improve the structure of your tooth. Metal fillings require wedges to be cut into your tooth for them to be placed. Composite fillings do not need this step to preserve more of your healthy tooth.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings allow you to enjoy several benefits that are not possible with amalgam ones, such as:
- Metal and mercury free.
- Natural-looking appearance.
- Improves the structure of your tooth.
- Minimally invasive.
- Long-term results.
How are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?
Your dentist in Murphy removes the decayed areas of your tooth and cleans it well before applying a weak acid. This opens the pores in your enamel and dentin to promote a secure bond between the filling and your tooth. The bonding agent is applied to your tooth and hardened using a special light. Minor adjustments are made to ensure the proper bite before it is smoothed.
How Long Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Last?
Tooth-colored fillings can last for several years with the right care. To promote their longevity, there are several things you can do:
- Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss every night before going to bed.
- Avoid darkly pigmented foods and drinks to prevent stains.
- Do not bite or chew overly hard foods, like ice or nuts.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
If your filling becomes damaged or loses its bond, we can easily replace it to give your tooth the protection it needs.
Enjoy a Natural-Looking Solution
You do not need to let a metal filling hurt your self-esteem. Enjoy a confident, healthy smile with a tooth-colored filling. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.