The Benefits Of Tooth Colored Fillings

Columbia, MO, dentist Dr. G. Michael Ogden discusses several advantages of tooth-colored fillings.fillings

Tooth-colored fillings aren't noticeable

One of the things that people dislike about silver amalgam fillings is the way they look. Tooth-colored fillings are made with composite resin, a flexible material composed of plastic and powdered glass. Unlike silver amalgam, composite resin can be tinted to mimic common tooth shades. When you choose tooth-colored fillings, no one will be able to tell that you have fillings.

Composite resin fillings don't crack teeth

When you drink or eat hot or cold beverages and foods, the metals in silver amalgam fillings expand or contract. Over time, the constant expansion and contraction can crack teeth. If a tooth cracks, you'll need a crown to protect and stabilize it.

Because tooth-colored fillings don't contain metals, your risk of a crack is lower, although you can still develop one if you experience an injury to your tooth or bite into a hard nut or other hard food.

Tooth-colored fillings strengthen teeth

Composite resin fillings restore your tooth's strength. After the filling material is placed in a cavity, it begins to bond to the tooth, creating an extremely durable surface.

Your new filling won't change the color of your teeth

Sometimes silver fillings can make your entire tooth look a little darker. Since composite resin fillings are tinted to match your teeth, darkening isn't a problem.

The next time you have a cavity, consider a tooth-colored filling. If you have a toothache or need to schedule a dental exam for another reason, call Columbia, MO, dentist Dr. G. Michael Ogden at (573) 449-7483 to schedule an appointment.