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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.
With the help of our dentists at Legacy Dental, you can get started restoring your damaged teeth with tooth-colored fillings today. Contact our office to get started!
What Materials Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Use?
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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, Dr. Eck 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!