Improving Carrollton Smiles with Tooth-Colored Fillings
A tooth-colored filling, also known as a composite resin or white filling, is a 100 percent mercury-free restoration made from a tooth-colored plastic mixture filled with glass and plastic particles. Much like a traditional, amalgam (or metal) filling, a tooth-colored filling can be used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth. However, a tooth-colored filling can also be used for cosmetic purposes to improve the aesthetics of a tooth.
Intrigued? You should be. Keep reading to learn more about how you can benefit from tooth-colored fillings from your dentist in Carrollton, Dr. Capua!
Used to, silver fillings were the preferred method for restoring teeth from decay. It’s a fine solution, but it’s one that mars the smile — and potentially leaves the patient vulnerable to more harmful effects, like tooth cracking, further decay and possibly even mercury exposure.
Fortunately, today we can fill cavities with a white, or tooth-colored, composite resin. These fillings blend flawlessly with the rest of your teeth, getting them back to healthy without taking away from your beautiful smile.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
As your expert dental team in Carrollton, we know that the advantages of choosing tooth-colored fillings are numerous — especially compared to the alternative, silver fillings. Some of the most evident benefits of white fillings include:
- White fillings blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth, meaning the only thing you or anyone else will ever notice after restoration is your beautiful smile.
- Preparation of the tooth is more conservative with white fillings than it is for amalgam fillings, meaning more of your natural tooth structure stays intact — and that’s always a good thing.
- Silver fillings can hide future problems, like cracking or further decay, making these issues impossible to spot with the naked eye and hard to detect even with x-rays.
- While amalgam has been identified as safe to use for restoring teeth from decay, many patients are increasingly worried about the potential for mercury exposure.
And beyond their benefits for restoring teeth from tooth decay, tooth-colored fillings can also be used to correct a number of cosmetic issues. Cracks, chips, slight gaps and discoloration can all be quickly and painlessly corrected with composite resin at Dr. Capua’s office.
Should You Replace Your Metal Fillings?
A common question we hear in our Carrollton office is whether or not patients should have their silver fillings replaced with white fillings. While the decision will ultimately depend on you and your unique situation, we say a little proactivity is never a bad thing. Considering the future problems that can occur as a result of your metal fillings, early replacement can potentially save you a significant amount of time, worry and discomfort in the long run.
Schedule Your Beautiful Tooth Restoration Today!
If you know you need a filling or would like to benefit from the cosmetic applications of composite-resin fillings, please don’t wait to contact your dentist in Lewisville and Carrollton, Dr. Capua! We’re here to help you and yours enjoy the healthiest, most beautiful smiles possible.