The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Though metal fillings are more common, tooth-colored fillings are becoming therestorative dental option of choice for treating mild to moderate cavities. Unlike metal, composite resin boasts the ability to blend in with your natural tooth structure, since the resin can be custom-tinted to match your teeth’s color and shade. For patients with newly-discovered cavities, or those who have already had a metal filling placed, tooth-colored composite resin is often the preferable choice for treating cavities.
Making Cavities Disappear
A cavity is a hole in your tooth (caused by progressive tooth decay) that grows larger and larger the longer it is left untreated. By its nature, a dental filling is designed to fill the hole (after the tooth has been sanitized to prevent the cavity from growing larger) and restore the tooth’s ability to function. With tooth-colored composite resin, the role of your dental filling also extends to blending in with your tooth structure so no one need know that you’ve had a cavity restored. Besides cosmetic improvement, however, the benefits of tooth-colored fillings also include;
- Safer restoration, particularly for young, old, or pregnant patients
- No metals in composite resin means no metal allergies
- Resin conforms to a cavity’s shape more precisely, better improving the tooth’s structural integrity
- Resin can be bonded to the inside of the tooth cavity, creating a tight seal against infectious oral bacteria