April 30, 2016
Most of us will suffer from tooth decay and cavities at some point in our lives. Some of us have already been there and have the silver fillings in our mouths to prove it. The good news is that composite resin, or tooth colored fillings are the material of choice when it comes to modern dentistry, and there are many perks these fillings offer. Your Windham dentist explains more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings.
The biggest benefit that patients enjoy most about composite resin fillings is that they can be custom blended to match your existing teeth, hiding the fact that you’ve had dental work done. Gone are the days of the unsightly silver fillings in your mouth that make your tooth look gray. Composite is strong enough to withstand the pressures of biting and chewing, making them an option for even the molars in the back of your mouth, which means they’re also a great option for replacing those old amalgams you had done years ago. Many patients are opting to change their silver amalgam fillings to tooth-colored composite.
Strength and Durability
Amalgam fillings typically required that extra tooth structure be removed in order for them to be placed properly, which could weaken your tooth. Composite fillings require that only the decayed or diseased area of the tooth be removed, and it’s actually bonded directly to your tooth, adding strength to your tooth, while preserving more natural tooth structure.
Because amalgam fillings are made of metal, they will naturally expand and contract due to the temperature changes occurring in your mouth. Over time this causes them to pull away from your tooth, which causes leakage and allows bacteria and decay back into your tooth. This is often what causes the gray look inside your tooth and around your silver filling. This is one of the reasons your dentist may recommend that you replace your silver fillings with composite.
Composite resin fillings are strong, durable and designed to withstand the test of time. Composite is capable of serving you for many years.
At Lifetime Dental Health, Dr. Robert Green has been providing quality dental services such as tooth colored fillings to patients for over forty years. He is a master at customizing your filling to naturally complement your smile. Dr. Robert McVety joins Dr. Green in providing high quality dental care in a warm and friendly environment. We hope you’ll appreciate the level of care we provide here at Lifetime Dental Health, and we know you’ll notice right away how we are different.
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