Patients with cavities no longer only have one option when it comes to treatment. Despite their continued use, traditional metal amalgam fillings are increasingly being phased out for a more toned down alternative. Our Greater Fort Lauderdale, FL, dentists prefer tooth-colored fillings because not only do they get the job done, they don’t stand out for everyone to see.
Here’s what you need to know about getting a tooth-colored or.
What is a Tooth-Colored Filling?
A tooth-colored filling is, well, tooth-colored. They get their name from their ability to accurately match the shade of your natural enamel. Also referred to as composite resins, these fillings have begun to surpass metal amalgam fillings in recent years due to more and more patients wanting a less obvious solution.
Instead of a mixture of metals, composite resin material consists of a plastic resin that’s been reinforced with a powdered glass filler. This composition is favored by many as there is no risk of any mercury being contained. Though it’s mostly used for restorative purposes, composite resin is also a key component of dental bonding as it can be applied to fix chips or cracks in teeth.
With tooth-colored fillings, you can:
- Enjoy their fracture resistance
- Use them to correct various sizes of cavities on either front or back teeth
- Have minimized temperature sensitivity following application
- Match your natural tooth color so they go unnoticed by others
Fillings vs. Crowns
Since both are restorations, you might be wondering what the difference is between fillings and dental crowns. Technically, crowns can also be used for cavities but only if the cavity itself is too large for a filling. Moreover, crowns sit on top of or over a tooth whereas fillings sit inside the tooth and do not require the tooth to be reshaped.
Our dentists will speak with you about what option is most appropriate depending on your specific situation. If fillings make sense, we will aim to move in that direction first over a crown as the latter has a slightly more extensive process.
Make an Appointment
We want our patients to enjoy how their smile looks after a cavity is treated, not feel self-conscious. That’s why our dentists serving Plantation and Greater Fort Lauderdale, FL, use discreet tooth-colored fillings. Call Barr Dental Group today at (954) 327-7400 to request an appointment.