When it comes to treating a cavity (a hole in your tooth caused by tooth decay), you have several things to consider. Because tooth decay is progressive, your treatment must stop it from spreading; because the cavity weakens and exposes your tooth, your treatment must also strengthen and protect it. The good news is that tooth-colored fillings can achieve both objectives comfortably and effectively, all while blending in discreetly with your natural tooth structure. In fact, appearance and function are two of the most important benefits of tooth-colored fillings, compared to their metal alternatives.
They Look More Natural
As their name suggests, tooth-colored fillings are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Made from biocompatible composite resin, the fillings can be custom-tinted to closely match your tooth’s unique color and shade. Unlike the metal amalgam used for traditional fillings, composite resin offers optimal cosmetic benefits as well as restorative advantages.
They Often Work Better than Metal
The first step to placing a filling is for your dentist to thoroughly clean and sanitize the cavity to remove the decay. While metal fillings initially fit the cavity’s shape, they can eventually separate slightly from the tooth structure, allowing oral bacteria to reach the tooth and lead to further tooth decay. In the case of a tooth-colored filling, the material can be bonded to your tooth’s structure, creating a tighter and more effective seal that bolster’s the tooth’s strength and protects the tooth from harmful oral bacteria.
Benefit from a Tooth-Colored Filling
If you have a cavity, or if you have a metal filling that is susceptible to failure, then speak with your dentist about the benefits of receiving a tooth-colored filling. Learn more by scheduling an appointment today. Call our dental office in Sunnyvale, CA at (408) 720-0900, or toll free at (877) 9-DENTAL.