Even those who practice good dental hygiene and are consistent with their routine check-ups may experience a dental cavity every now and then. When treated by our dentists, cavities do not usually alter the structure or appearance of a tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are used maintain the structural integrity and aesthetics of teeth. They are a great option for most patients because:
Tooth-colored fillings bond to teeth and require less tooth structure to be removed, allowing the tooth’s natural structure to be preserved, strengthening teeth.
The composite of the tooth-colored filling is not affected by temperature fluctuations, which prevents the fillings from becoming loose, falling out and damaging teeth.
Although the evidence is not conclusive, some studies suggest that older fillings made with mercury may be bad for your health.
Tooth-colored fillings are matched to the color of natural teeth, so you won’t have any unsightly metal in your mouth.
Your older metal fillings can also be replaced with tooth-colored fillings if you’d like. Dr. Bridges or Dr. Buckner are happy to discuss your options with you at your next appointment.