Benefits That Come with Tooth-Colored Fillings
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Benefits That Come with Tooth-Colored Fillings

Today majority of patients choose tooth-colored fillings to metal fillings. They are long-lasting, safe, and reliable and give your teeth the most natural look; nobody will even notice their existence. Teeth-colored composites and resins come with more benefits over amalgam and other metal alternatives in that they preserve more of your tooth, thus maintaining the tooth structure.

What Materials Are They Made of?

White fillings are mainly made of a blend of plastic teeth-colored resins and silica fillers. These materials are made to bond with your teeth and mimic most of the tooth structure and functioning.

They are more resistant to wear down and translucent. Restored teeth are even stronger with these fillings in place.

When Are Teeth-Colored Resins Used?

These are the most common type of fillings available. Mostly our Harmony Dental Care dentists use them for small restorations that only require moderate procedures.

Dental defects such as discolored teeth, minor fractures, crooked and misaligned teeth, overlapping structure, and other less severe conditions are best treated by composite tooth-colored fillings.

The procedure for restoration can take just a single visit, depending on the severity of the condition. If more tooth removal will be involved, an external fabrication is made and later bonded with your tooth before restoration. Consulting with our dentists is a safe way to determine if white fillings are the best for you as there might be other better options.

Why Choose Composite Teeth-Colored Fillings?

Today many patients opt for tooth-colored fillings to other types due to the numerous benefits they present. These include:

  1. Aesthetics – The super benefit of white fillings and cavity fillings is that thy automatically preserve the natural look of your tooth. No additional coloring is needed once they are in place. You will have that perfect smile restored, giving you more confidence to smile and speak in public.
  2. Tooth Strengthening – The truth is that unlike metal fillings, composite resin bond with your tooth structure offering additional support. With time they start to feel like your natural teeth, and even you might fail to notice they are there.
  3. Versatility – Apart from just filling cavities for tooth decay, clear composite fillings have a myriad of options for use. Our dentists can also use them to repair broken, chipped, misaligned teeth, and uneven dental structure and also discolored teeth. All this is done in just one procedure, saving you time and cost resources.
  4. More preservative – Preparation for the filling with composite resins at times involves minimal tooth removal when restoring a cavity or decay. This is when compared to silver amalgam fillings and cast metal fillings.
  5. Comfort – The majority of our patients have reported little to no discomfort with these fillings. They offer the most natural restorations and won’t irritate your teeth or cause any allergies as with metallic fillings.
  6. Less sensitivity – Since less tooth is removed during the restoration process, the tooth pulp is less likely to be affected hence minimal sensitivity when using your teeth to chew or eat.
  7. No health risks – With tooth-colored fillings, no health risks have been reported. They are 100 percent safe for use and won’t cause reactions with your dentine. They also don’t contain any heavy metals that could put your health at risk.

Process of Filling Your Tooth

Despite the reason you are having your tooth filled, the procedure is usually almost similar for all. The surrounding gum first has to be anesthetized mostly by a numbing sedative.

Next is preparing the tooth for filling. If it’s decay, the decay is first removed, then the filling component directly positioned on the affected area. The process is over once the material is safely bonded to your tooth.

Composite fillings, however, have an advantage over conventional amalgam fillings. With the latter, a substantial amount of healthy tooth has to be removed due to the undercutting made to securely bond them with your tooth. This weakens the tooth structure making it more susceptible to fracturing and cracks.

Composite resins don’t require any undercutting on teeth to bond them. They involve an intimate natural bond with the teeth without needing much mechanical tooth removal. This way, they are more preservative to the original tooth and offer a better and long-lasting restoration.

In Conclusion

Before considering tooth-colored restorations, consult with our dentists on what’s best for you. If the fillings involve less health risk, minimal pain, and a better natural look, then that is your ideal choice.

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