In the past, it was common for metal (amalgam) fillings to be used to restore teeth, which left a familiar and undesirable look. With the advances in dentistry, there now is a more aesthetic and durable way to restore your teeth. As you read on, your dentist explains the benefits of tooth-colored fillings in Green Hills!
The Problem with Amalgam Fillings
An amalgam filling is composed of a combination of mercury, silver, tin, copper and other metals that are used to restore decayed areas of a tooth. Here are three reasons to replace these types of fillings:
- They usually fail over time – Typically, an amalgam filling will last up to 10 years. As it begins to wear, the metal filling leaves the tooth vulnerable to bacteria settling in and causing new problems.
- Health risks of mercury – Usually, the majority of an amalgam filling is composed of mercury, which can pose an issue because of its toxicity. While the degree of detriment caused by mercury is still inclusive, it’s safer to just avoid it.
- The reaction to temperature changes – Another common problem with amalgam fillings is they respond to temperature changes. In warmer temperatures, they will expand; and they will contract when the temperature is colder. The shifting can place added stress on the tooth and cause it to crack or break.
Thankfully, there is a better alternative available.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
With a tooth-colored restoration, you’re able to prevent the above challenges. Your dentist will restore your tooth using a composite material that is added and then hardened using a special light.
Here are some of the benefits you can expect:
- A stronger tooth – With a composite filling, you won’t have to worry about it expanding and contracting. Since the resin material is bonded directly to the tooth, the two form a union that allows for a more natural and shared distribution of pressure when you chew.
- Improved aesthetics – Another perk of the tooth-colored method is that you won’t have any glaring pieces of metal showing in your mouth. The composite material will blend perfectly with your other teeth.
Cavities generally develop slowly. Thus, you could have decay that has been unfolding for years, and you won’t be aware of it until it makes more severe damage. This is why dental visits are so important. Your dentist will be able to spot a developing cavity while you still have a sufficient amount of tooth material left, which will make the composite filling process viable.
So to be fully restored with a tooth-colored filling, reach out to your dentist in Green Hills to schedule an appointment today.
About the Author
A graduate of the University of Tennessee in Memphis, Dr. James Kirby has been practicing dentistry for a decade. Since entering the dental field, he has remained focused on going above and beyond to provide his patients with the absolute best in care at Green Hills Dental Center. To have your tooth restored with a composite filling, you can contact Dr. Kirby through his website.