5 Reasons to Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings

August 29, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — nbkdental @ 2:05 am

Digital model of a tooth-colored fillingTooth decay is the most common chronic condition affecting Americans, despite being preventable. 92% of adults have suffered at least one cavity. Traditionally, amalgam fillings are used to treat decay, but now there’s another solution. Tooth-colored fillings provide unmatched benefits for your oral and general health. Here are 5 reasons to choose white fillings to treat cavities.

1. Don’t Contain Metals or Mercury

Amalgam fillings are durable because they are made of a mixture of metals, including mercury. Although they are effective, they can cause allergic reactions and there are concerns about mercury exposure. 

Tooth-colored fillings do not contain any metals, so there’s no risk of toxins or allergic reactions. They are made from a biocompatible composite resin that supports your overall wellness.

2. Natural-Looking Appearance

You don’t have to worry about your filling sticking out like a sore thumb or darkening your tooth over time, like with metal restorations. The composite resin is shaded to match the color of your enamel to blend in with your tooth structure. Only a trained dental professional will know it is there, so you can smile confidently.

3. Preserve Your Tooth Structure

Amalgam fillings require wedges to be cut into your tooth for support. You can keep more of your tooth structure intact with white fillings because wedges aren’t necessary. 

Your dentist will apply a weak acid to your tooth to open the pores in your enamel to create a better bonding surface. After the resin is applied and molded into the ideal shape, a special dental light hardens the material in a matter of seconds.

4. Durable, Long-Lasting Solution

Although tooth-colored fillings aren’t made of any metals, they are durable and can last for 5 to 15 years before needing to be replaced. Many factors affect the lifespan, like your oral hygiene habits. 

You can get the most from your filling by brushing and flossing. Limit your consumption of any sugary foods or drinks. Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup.

5. Affordable Option

Tooth-colored fillings are a restorative treatment; therefore, your dental insurance may cover some of the expenses after meeting your annual deductible. Your dentist will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your coverage to lower the amount you’ll pay out-of-pocket.

A dark filling doesn’t have to be a constant reminder of a cavity. You can benefit from a solution that looks natural and improves your health.

About Dr. Justin Woodruff

Dr. Woodruff received his dental degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in many specialties, including dental implants and biocompatible dentistry. Dr. Woodruff is a proud member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call (847) 272-0049.

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