Tooth-Colored Fillings - North Central San Antonio, TX
A Cosmetic Solution To Restore Your Smile’s Functions!
In the past, silver (amalgam) fillings were considered the standard for restoring teeth damaged by decay or dental injury. Nowadays, dentists are moving away from silver fillings because alternatives are just as capable of restoring teeth, but without the consequences silver fillings tend to carry. If you’ve been putting off your dental filling, remember that doing so is only going to create larger problems later in life. Eventually, that cavity is going to become larger, resulting in the need for a more extensive treatment later, such as a dental crown.
What Materials Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Use?
Tooth-colored fillings use composite resin, which is a mixture of both glass and plastic. This is far from what silver fillings use, which typically includes mercury, tin, copper and other alloys to restore damaged teeth. Composite resin is considered biocompatible, meaning it can be placed inside the body without worry of rejection. This cannot be said for materials used in silver fillings as some people contain an allergy to metal, making it impossible for them to receive silver fillings.
How Do They Compare to Silver Fillings?
When it comes to silver fillings, there are many issues that don’t come up when compared to the tooth-colored alternatives. One of the most common issues is increased sensitivity when exposed to hot or cold stimuli, typically foods and beverages. Silver fillings tend to act as a wedge in between teeth as they expand and contract when exposed to stimuli, whereas composite resin fillings do not. This inherently makes them ideal for those concerned about teeth sensitivity.
Another common issue is their aesthetic appearance. Silver fillings are far more reflective and obviously don’t share the same color as teeth, making them far more visible to others. Composite resin can be shaded to match your current smile’s shade exactly, making it much easier to blend in. Thankfully, tooth-colored fillings do not need to sacrificed durability in the process.
What Does Treatment Entail?
Treatment for tooth-colored fillings is relatively straightforward. After examining your teeth, either Dr. Eck or Dr. Sage will clean your teeth, numb the area surrounding the tooth, then remove any decay or damaged tissue around the tooth. Next, they will place an etchant material so the resin can better adhere to the tooth once packed inside the cavity. After molding and shaping the resin inside your tooth, we’ll harden the material using a special curing light, which only takes a few moments to do. By the end of treatment, you’ll have a smile that is free of metal, fully functional and very attractive!
Do you have silver fillings you wish to replace? Got a cavity that needs a filling? Contact our office to get your tooth-colored fillings placed today!