Vero Beach Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you’ve got a cavity, we’ve got good news with tooth-colored fillings. Long gone are the days when silver, or amalgam, was the only option for filling spots of decay. Modern dentistry now offers a method that uses a composite resin material to blend flawlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. The team at Vero Implant and Esthetic Dentistry is pleased to offer this option to all our patients -- keep reading to learn more about tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-Colored Fillings: The Basics
The composite resin used in tooth-colored fillings is made of a mixture of smooth glass and plastic materials. It’s highly customizable to match the shade of your surrounding teeth -- something you just don’t get with silver fillings. The procedure is similar to that of a silver filling, though extra care is taken to make sure the tooth surface stays completely dry for secure bonding between the tooth enamel and composite resin. More of the natural tooth structure stays intact with this method, too.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
One significant advantage of choosing a tooth-colored filling is the fact that the composite resin material is easily shaded to match the surrounding teeth. But the benefits go beyond the aesthetic. We’ve listed some of the most apparent advantages of fillings made from composite resin here.
- Decreased sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity following the tooth-colored filling is usually slight and brief. Silver fillings, on the other hand, may stay sensitive for years.
- More of your natural tooth structure stays intact: Because a tooth-colored filling requires less removal of the tooth, you get to keep more of your natural enamel.
- Composite resin is biocompatible: With the plastic and glass composite mixture, there is absolutely no risk for mercury exposure, an increasing concern for patients with existing metal fillings.
In addition to filling cavities and repairing broken or fractured teeth, the material used for tooth-colored fillings can also be used to make cosmetic improvements to a damaged or imperfect tooth. Chips, cracks, slight gaps, staining and misalignments can all be corrected with composite resin in a treatment we call cosmetic bonding.
Replacing Your Existing Metal Fillings
In addition to filling new spots of decay with tooth-colored fillings, your Vero Beach dentist can replace existing silver fillings to correct an existing issue, like breakage or a leaking filling. Replacement may also be chosen to prevent future problems or reduce worry for potential mercury exposure.
If you’re wondering whether or not to replace fillings that aren’t causing you any current problems, it really just depends on how proactive you want to be. No filling will last forever, and silver fillings may hide evidence of leakage or further decay -- so having your silver fillings replaced before there are any existing issues could potentially save you a significant amount of time and stress in the long run.
Questions? Get In Touch with Us Today
If you’ve got questions regarding the replacement of an existing filling, something concerning your upcoming treatment for tooth-colored fillings or if you’d simply like to schedule your six month checkup and cleaning to determine whether you’ve got any cavities in need of a filling, please don’t wait to get in touch with Vero Implant and Esthetic Dentistry! You can conveniently request your appointment online today.