April 20, 2016
Those unsightly metal fillings that made your teeth look grey are mostly a thing of the past, as most dentists these days are choosing to exclusively offer tooth colored fillings. While they hide the fact that you’ve had dental work done, what are tooth colored fillings actually made of? Are they as durable as the metal fillings of old? Your Allen, TX dentist answers all of your questions about tooth colored fillings!
When Do I Need a Filling?
When you eat food, debris and bacteria can build up, which then produces plaque. As long as you sufficiently remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing your teeth remain healthy. If plaque is not properly removed, it eventually begins to eat away at your enamel causing tooth decay. Your dentist will have to remove the decay and clean out your tooth. The hole that is left behind after this process is known as a cavity.
Next, your dentist will need to fill the cavity in order to strengthen and rebuild your tooth. Composite resin is a durable, tooth colored material that your dentist will use to fill your tooth. Your filling will restore function and beauty to your tooth, as it will naturally complement your smile.
What are the Benefits of Composite Resin Fillings?
Composite resin fillings offer many benefits over the amalgam metal fillings that were used in the past. First, they are much safer and healthier for your body than metal. Amalgam metal fillings tend to break down over time due to the temperature changes in your mouth. This causes leakage, allowing bacteria back in and causing further damage to your tooth.
Composite fillings actually bond to your tooth so there is no breakdown and they also strengthen your tooth. Composite is very durable, and can last for many years.
One of the biggest benefits is that composite can be custom designed to match your existing teeth, so they’re not noticeable and they give a natural look to your smile. Many patients opt to remove their old metal fillings and replace them with composite fillings not only because of the health benefits, but also because of the beautiful and natural appearance they offer.
At Ryan Dental Group, Dr. Michael Ryan and Dr. Laura Ryan specialize in helping patients restore form and function to their smiles. We offer only the highest quality dental materials including composite resin to ensure the longevity and vitality of our patient’s smiles. We welcome all patients to our practice, even the littlest ones, and our goal is to provide you with a dental experience that goes above and beyond your expectations. Contact our office to learn more about how we are different. We look forward to being your partners in optimum dental health!