Tooth-colored fillings are the most widely-used treatment for decayed teeth and are designed to look just like the rest of your teeth. No one will be able to tell which teeth have fillings and which ones don’t. They are made of a composite resin material. This material is quite durable, which allows it to last longer than other types of fillings.
What are white fillings made of?
The composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings can usually be made of a variety of materials, including plastic and glass (silicon dioxide). The plastic and glass components give the resin a rubber-like texture – that’s how it’s able to bond with the tooth’s structure. Once it is hardened using a curing light, it resembles the texture, hardness, and durability of the enamel.
Are white fillings better than silver fillings?
Silver fillings (amalgam fillings) have been used for decades. They used to be the only option for restoring damaged teeth. However, white fillings have numerous advantages over silver fillings, including:
- Color: White fillings blend in with your teeth, whereas silver fillings stand out.
- Comfort: White fillings are more comfortable than silver fillings. This is because they bond directly to your teeth, unlike silver fillings, which require a separating agent. This means less of the silver filling will rub against your tooth, causing discomfort.
- Aesthetics: White fillings have a more natural appearance than silver fillings.
Are white fillings right for me?
Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent solution for minor decay. They can be used to repair teeth that have small areas of decay, as well as teeth that have been treated with a root canal procedure. Tooth-colored fillings can also be used to fill in small gaps between teeth. White fillings are a great choice for children as well. They are durable, natural-looking, and can actually strengthen the structure of a child’s tooth.
If you have a cavity that needs to be filled, you can choose between a tooth-colored filling or a silver amalgam filling. Both options are safe and can treat the same concerns. Tooth-colored fillings tend to be more aesthetically pleasing, so they may be a better choice if you have a concern about the look of traditional metal fillings.
To find out more about the dental services offered at North End Dental, call (719) 471-1900 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1705 N, Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.