Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Better than Metal?

Aug 17th, 2017 | By | Category: Restorative Dentistry

Treating dental issues promptly is a necessity if you wish to preserve your smile’s health. If you’re like most patients, however, preserving your smile’s appearance is equally important, especially if your profession relies in large part on your confidence. For instance, treating tooth decay without the use of shiny metal fillings can help you restore and preserve your tooth while maintaining its pearly white uniformity. Below, we explain the benefits of tooth-colored fillings over their traditional metal counterparts, and the effectiveness of the composite resin used for the restorations.

They Protect Against Tooth Decay Better

Beauty is important, but the first and foremost responsibility of a tooth filling is to effectively restore and protect your tooth. As a mixture of silver, mercury, and other trace metals, amalgam fillings do not adhere to your tooth’s structure. Like most metals, amalgam can expand and contract with changes in temperature, possibly damaging your tooth or creating spaces for bacteria to slip between the tooth and the filling. Instead of metal, tooth-colored fillings are comprised of white composite resin, which is bonded to your tooth’s structure to provide a more effective barrier against bacteria’s return. By bonding to your tooth, resin fillings also help hold it together, increasing the tooth’s resilience for long-term use.

The Cosmetic Benefits

The more immediately-noticeable benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that, as their name suggests, they can be tinted to match the natural color of your tooth. Against the pearly-white backdrop of your smile, metal fillings can stand out like a sore thumb when you smile. By contrast, resin fillings blend in with your smile, keeping your dental work secret and allowing your smile’s natural beauty to receive all of the attention.

Ask Your Dentist About Tooth-Colored Fillings

For many patients, a tooth-colored filling can restore a tooth’s health and its overall appearance much better than a metal filling can. To learn more, or schedule a consultation, contact Hilltop Family Dental today by calling (510) 758-7222. Located in Richmond, CA, we also proudly serve patients from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and all surrounding communities.

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