Even if you take excellent care of your teeth with regular dental visits, proper hygiene, and a healthy diet, you may still develop a cavity. When this happens, we need to take care of the problem as soon as possible to prevent more damage and to protect your teeth.
At Flint River Dental, our goal is to improve your oral health by providing you with affordable, conservative dental treatments. Tooth-colored composite fillings allow us to repair a damaged tooth
Reasons to Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings
Until recently, metallic (amalgam) fillings were the only option we had to fill a cavity and provide a stronger, healthier tooth. Today, we can fill cavities using tooth-colored fillings that restore your tooth and look completely natural. We choose tooth-colored composites because they’re preferable to metal fillings for a number of reasons.
One of the main reasons our patients choose composite fillings over amalgam is that they can be made to closely match a tooth’s natural color. These restorations blend perfectly with surrounding dental enamel, and you really won’t be able to see the repair – just a beautiful, healthy tooth.
Amalgam fillings, on the other hand, can appear as dark spots on white dental enamel. In addition, amalgam fillings gradually discolor teeth over time, causing teeth to take on a darker, bluish hue.
Since tooth-colored fillings blend so perfectly with your smile, we can also use them to address a number of cosmetic dental concerns:
- Create seamless fillings for teeth that show when you smile
- Fill uneven gaps and spaces between teeth
- Repair broken or cracked teeth
- Fill in minor chips
- Alter the shape of irregular teeth
Tooth-colored fillings repair the damage, look great, and strengthen the tooth. The process we use to place composite fillings bonds the material securely to the tooth structure. This increases the overall strength of the tooth being restored.
On the other hand, amalgam fillings just sit in the space inside your tooth and don’t bond to your natural teeth. Over time, the amalgam filling can break down and create a space where bacteria can collect. This leads to more serious dental problems that may ultimately require a root canal to fix.
Learn More about Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored composite fillings are incredibly popular with our patients because they look clean and natural and don’t create the problems associated with amalgam fillings. We choose them because they’re another tool we have for improving and protecting your oral health in a healthy, conservative way.
If you have a damaged tooth, we can talk to you about composite fillings or other options that may be more appropriate for you. Please call our Huntsville dental office for more information or to schedule an appointment.