Tooth-colored fillings are a safer, more subtle restorations compared to silver fillings. Made of white composite resin, tooth-colored fillings come in different shades and are selected to match the color of your natural tooth. The result is a metal-free smile with fillings that are indistinguishable from your real teeth.
White Tooth-Colored Fillings are Gaining Popularity
Tooth-colored fillings have increased in popularity over the years. As the availability of white fillings escalated and the possible dangers associated with silver or amalgam fillings became exposed, more and more patients started having their cavities filled with attractive tooth-colored fillings.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium. Composite fillings provide durability and resistance to fracture in small to mid-size restorations that need to withstand chewing pressure. With composite filings, less of your tooth structure must be removed when preparing your tooth for the filling, which results in a smaller filling than that of a silver one. Composites can also be bonded or adhesively secured inside a cavity, to make an even more conservative repair to your tooth.
A different type of composite resin is generally used for front and back teeth. The material used for front teeth has a higher shine, as opposed to the back teeth materials that are designed for strength.
At Aesthetic Dentistry, we use a CEREC machine, a special machine that allows us to design, create and place fillings and other restorations in a single visit.
Replacing Metal Fillings
Patients are not only opting for tooth-colored fillings when they have cavities; many are also choosing to remove old silver fillings and replace them with composite resins. By doing this, you can enhance the appearance of your smile by removing unappealing metal fillings. This is an easy way to make a major difference in the look of your smile.
Risks of Silver Fillings
Old silver fillings contain small amounts of mercury, a chemical that is known to have a higher toxicity than lead and even arsenic. The risk of mercury leaking from amalgam fillings over time has spawned a movement toward mercury-free dentistry. The mercury in silver fillings is believed to seep from the filling and into your body’s organs over an extended period of time.
While there is no concrete scientific proof, some medical practitioners believe this mercury may cause damage, both physical and psychological. Some practitioners say side effects can include birth defects, neurodegenerative diseases and mental disorders.
Though the controversy continues, many patients are deciding to remove their silver fillings not only to improve their appearance, but to ease their minds.
If you are interested in removing an old metal filling or if you have a cavity and would like it filled with a safe, tooth-colored material, please call (800) 672-8518 or contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville online. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb and her team can help free your mouth of unsightly metal fillings or repair new cavities with undetectable with tooth-colored fillings. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and surrounding areas in New Jersey.