Tooth Colored Fillings: Enjoy a More Natural Looking Smile
Since the early days of dentistry, the material used for dental fillings has been a metal amalgam containing silver and mercury. While using this material revolutionized dentistry, in recent years it has fallen out of favor for various reasons. Many people now choose to have tooth-colored fillings instead. Dr. Darren K. Dickson, your dentist serving Plano, can provide all the information you need to decide if tooth-colored fillings are right for you.
Advantages of Tooth Colored Fillings
While metal fillings are made of silver and mercury, tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite material that is the same color as your natural enamel. Tooth colored fillings can also be made from porcelain, which can be color matched to your natural teeth. Unlike metal fillings, which are highly visible as dark patches on your teeth, tooth-colored fillings are virtually invisible.
Metal fillings also expand and contract with heat and cold. In the long term, metal fillings can result in cracks in the teeth, or can pull away from the surrounding tooth because they do not bond to your natural enamel.
How Tooth Colored Fillings are Placed
The procedure for placing tooth colored fillings is the same as that used for metal amalgam fillings. Your dentist will remove the area of decay and the space created in the tooth is then filled with the composite material or porcelain. Depending upon the type of composite used, the dentist might use a special light to harden the composite. When your filling is complete, it will feel and look just like your natural tooth.
For more information about tooth colored fillings, please contact the office of Dr. Dickson for an appointment or a consultation.