Tooth-Colored Fillings St. Cloud, FL
Most adults have at least one cavity. In fact, tooth decay is one of the most common problems dentists deal with on a daily basis
In the past, a metal mixture—called amalgam—was used to fill tooth decay. Amalgam was easily recognizable by the dark gray color.
Now, composite fillings are available, which match the color of your tooth. These tooth-colored fillings can also replace any amalgam fillings you might have left in your mouth.
If you have a cavity—new or old—call Modern Dentistry of St. Cloud to find out more about tooth-colored fillings.
The Good News about Dental Fillings
Dental fillings have been used for many decades to prevent tooth decay from growing worse. And for most of that time, amalgam fillings were the best option for filling cavities. But although they were effective, amalgam fillings were simply not very attractive, given their dark gray color.
Tooth-colored fillings today provide a much better-looking alternative to amalgam fillings. But that isn’t the only reason composite fillings are preferred to amalgam fillings.
The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
There is no denying that tooth-colored fillings look better since they blend in so seamlessly with your tooth structure and won’t discolor over time. But they also provide several advantages over amalgam fillings.
- They are strong and durable. The resin composite material actually bonds to the tooth, making it a stronger option for a filling—especially in the back molars. With metal fillings, you might have noticed sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages, but there is none of that with composite fillings. Composite fillings are durable, lasting for a decade or even longer.
- They keep more of the tooth structure intact. With tooth-colored fillings, less of the tooth structure needs to be drilled, so more of your natural tooth remains. Metal fillings also have a tendency to expand and contract because of heath or cold. This can eventually cause damage to the structure of the tooth.
- They are versatile. Since tooth-colored fillings match the color of tooth structure, they are ideal to use in the front of the mouth. In addition to fillings, the composite material can be used cosmetically to change the size and shape of a tooth or to repair a tooth that might be damaged.
- They provide some peace of mind. Studies have shown over and over again that amalgam fillings are considered to be safe, and the American Dental Association backs that up. But many people just feel better about using a nonmetal alternative for handling tooth decay. With tooth-colored fillings, there is no need to worry about any possibility of danger from mercury.
Find Out More about Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you want to find out more about getting a new cavity filled or getting your old amalgam fillings replaced, call Modern Dentistry of St. Cloud. We offer tooth-colored fillings for an attractive, esthetic look. Call us today!