There are many different dental problems that people may face, and there’s thankfully a fitting solution to all sorts of dental health matters. When you visit our cosmetic dentistrycenter for a consultation, we’ll be sure to provide you with all the answers that you need to make a solid choice when it comes to dental health.
Right now we want to focus on dental fillings. In particular, we want to discuss a certain kind of dental filling that has made a major difference when it comes to improving dental treatment and patient wellness. We’re talking about tooth-colored dental fillings.
About Dental Fillings
Fillings in general are dental restorations that are used to restore and repair damaged or decayed tooth structure.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Fillings
The best candidates for dental fillings are people who have experienced minor tooth damage or tooth decay. If the structural issues affecting the tooth are more serious, there are other restoration options that we can turn to at our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center.
In the past, metal fillings were the norm, but there were plenty of problems with metal dental fillings.
Aesthetic Problems with Metal Dental Fillings
First and foremost, metal dental fillings are extremely easy to notice. The dark gray color of the metal fillings are a stark contrast to the whiteness of natural tooth structure. This can be a major issue when it comes to dental aesthetics.
Dental Health Problems with Metal Dental Fillings
The dental health issues associated with metal dental fillings are a more compelling reason that tooth-colored fillings are used, however. These health matters are as follows:
- Metal fillings often contained mercury, which is highly toxic
- Metal fillings can expand in extreme heat, resulting in tooth damage over time
- Metal fillings can contract in extreme cold, resulting in tooth damage over time
Why Tooth-colored Dental Fillings are Better
Tooth-colored dental fillings are made of safe composite/ceramic materials that blend in seamlessly with natural tooth structure. Rather than telltale dark gray, these tooth-colored fillings are extremely hard to notice.
As for the dental health matters, composite dental fillings contain no toxic materials. The composite fillings will also not change in size or shape as a result of extreme temperatures, meaning lasting dental health.
On top of all this, tooth-colored dental fillings require less removal of tooth structure to place than metal dental fillings. This is ideal for lasting dental health since it’s best for patients to maintain as much of their natural tooth structure as possible.
Alternatives to Dental Fillings
If you suffer from tooth decay or tooth damage that is too serious for a dental filling, there are other restoration options that may be better for your needs, such as inlays, onlays, and dental crowns. We can go over all of these matters in much greater detail when you stop by the practice for a visit.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatment
For more information about dental fillings and your many other options out there for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Frisco cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health through expert care.