The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Fillings have come a long way. Fillings used to be made of metal amalgam material and were visible when a person yawned, laughed, or smiled. Additionally, there were also trace amounts of mercury in these fillings that could make them less than ideal for long-term health. It’s no wonder that so many people are opting for natural tooth-colored fillings instead of the older models. Tooth-colored fillings are the most modern, most natural option in dental fillings.


If you’re looking for a filling option that provides ease, a natural look, and is long-lasting, look no further. Tooth-colored fillings come with a range of benefits. Here are a few:



The procedure of getting tooth-colored fillings is relatively quick and painless. A lot of dental clinics can treat one to two cavities in about an hour.


Here’s the process: your dentist administers a numbing agent. After waiting 10 to 15 minutes for the medicine to take effect, your dentist proceeds to clean out the infected area of your tooth. Your dentist then applies a tooth-colored resin into the cavity left behind. This resin molds to the shape of your tooth and can even be tinted to match your tooth shade exactly. Your dentist shapes this resin to your bite so that it fits and feels natural in your mouth. To harden the resin, your dentist uses a special curing light and completes the process with a final polish.



A major benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they match your teeth exactly, inside and out. The color looks just like your teeth, so when you laugh loudly at a joke, you present a seamless mouth.  No one will be able to tell the difference between your teeth and your fillings, and this is a huge benefit.


These types of fillings also match the inside dimensions of your tooth; they adhere to the tooth in the cavity left behind after your dentist cleaned the infected area. The fact that the resin can mold so completely to your own natural tooth means your dentist can be much more exact when deciding how much area to clean. The resin also bonds to the teeth, so your dentist does not have to remove as much from natural tooth structure. This is one of the reasons why these fillings are so durable.



If you have a consistent and thorough daily dental health care routine, your fillings should last 10 to 15 years. Make sure that flossing, brushing correctly, and rinsing with an antibacterial wash are all part of your routine. Also avoid chewing on hard, non-food items like pen caps, ice, or your fingernails.



In the past, metal amalgam fillings turned up with trace amounts of mercury. Mercury is a heavy metal, and in large amounts, it’s terrible for your health. Most fillings do not have enough mercury in them to cause you any real harm, but if you’re choosing between fillings with mercury or without, why wouldn’t you choose the ones without?


Additionally, traditional metal amalgam fittings swell and shrink slightly in reaction to temperature. Like any other metal, fillings swell when exposed to colder temperatures and shrink when exposed to heat. The changes are slight, but even slight changes can cause tiny cracks in the tooth area around the filling. Long term, this isn’t sustainable.



Tooth-colored fillings look great to others as well. Your friends and family won’t even be able to tell that you’ve had dental work done if you have tooth-colored fillings. This was not a viable option in the past, but it is now. If you have other dental health work like bridges, you should ask your dentist about the natural-colored option. You’ll be able to get a full range of color choices from your dental health care professional.


If you’re looking to make the change to tooth-colored fillings, or if you’ve recently visited your dentist and are scheduling a filling, consider the range of benefits provided by the natural look and feel of tooth-colored fillings. You won’t be disappointed with your choice.


Professionals like the ones at Albion Dental will be happy to show you the wide range of options available. Take advantage of tooth-colored fillings and see yourself into your most dazzling smile yet.


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