One of the biggest reasons why tooth colored fillings are so popular is because, as they’re name suggests, they blend in with teeth to remain completely discreet. Since cavities are the most common dental health issue, most patients appreciate being able to deal with them without having to deal with the metal appearance of traditional fillings. However, the benefits of tooth-colored fillings go beyond how well they preserve your smile’s appearance. The composite resin used for the fillings also treat cavities and your natural tooth structure better.
Have you been hearing the term “composite” lately but you are not quite sure what makes it so special? If we have suggested dental bonding or a tooth-colored restoration to improve the beauty or health of your smile, this is a material you may wish to learn more about. First, understand that composite is a synthetic acrylic-resin substance used in a variety of treatments in which we create the illusion of additional tooth tissue. As for the benefits of composite that make it so special, we invite you to consider the following:
Tooth Colored Fillings fill cavities better than metal
A cavity is a hole in your tooth that’s caused by tooth decay, and because everyone’s dental health is unique, so is the exact shape of the cavity in your tooth. A filling’s purpose is to replace the decayed tooth structure, and compared to metal, composite resin conforms more precisely to the unique shape of your cavity.
They’re kinder to your tooth structure than other types of filling materials
Unlike silver fillings, tooth colored plastic fillings also retains its shape once it’s placed. It doesn’t expand or contract, which is the reason why some patients experience tooth damage due to amalgam fillings. The resin also produces less friction against the opposite tooth, reducing the risks of tooth wear and the dental issues that can result from it. When choosing between a crown or a filling, a filling is usually more conservative.
Composite resin fillings are weak thermal conductors
You know from experience that metal heats up and cools off quickly depending on it surroundings. A metal car handle on a winter’s day will feel extremely cold – the same handle will feel very hot on a scorching summer afternoon. Fortunately, composite does not conduct heat or cold like metal, which means you will not need to worry about heightened cold sensitivity.
A Tooth Colored Filling works on the outside of your tooth
Though typically known as tooth bonding, the resin used for tooth-colored fillings can often be used as a cosmetic touchup to improve the outer appearance of your tooth. If your tooth is severely discolored, chipped, or cracked, then dentist will shape the resin to the affected area of the tooth to restore its full, healthy appearance.
We Can Customize Your Composite Shade
One of the most exciting benefits of tooth colored filling material is that we can customize the shade to match your surrounding front teeth. This allows us to improve or repair your tooth, while restoring it beautifully. For instance, dental bonding will look beautiful and natural. In addition, tooth colored fillings will address your tooth decay, while leaving behind a cosmetically sound tooth that looks as though it never suffered a cavity.
A Dental Filling Provides a Fast and Seamless Solution
While metal fillings were once incredibly common, now many dentists and patients, alike, prefer the benefits of tooth-colored dental fillings. Not only are tooth-colored fillings more cosmetically appealing, but they have functional benefits as well.
First, the composite resin material used to create tooth colored fillings bonds well with teeth, helping to create a tight seal against further decay, and also helping to protect your tooth from infection.
Secondly, this material conducts less heat than metal, which makes it a more comfortable choice for many patients, especially those with metal sensitivities, that might find metal fillings uncomfortable while eating.
Thirdly, because the resin requires less space than metal, it makes it possible for the restorative dentist to preserve more of the patient’s healthy tooth, while still effectively treating a cavity.
Finally, the resin can be shaded to match the teeth’s natural coloring, and then carefully sculpted to create a beautiful restoration that is also natural-looking. This means that most people won’t recognize when a patient has had restorative dental work completed. Instead, they will simply see a gorgeous smile!
It’s A Safe Alternative to Metal
Have you ever received a metal filling? Many patients do not qualify for metal restorations for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, composite is safe for most of our patients, including the following:
- Pregnant women, who do not quality for amalgam
- Young children for whom the toxicity of mercury in metal restorations poses a potential threat
- Metal allergy sufferers who require an alternate solution
Learn What a Tooth Colored Filling Can Do for You
With the ability to blend in with your tooth’s appearance, conform precisely to your cavity’s shape, and preserve your natural tooth structure, tooth colored fillings can do more for your smile than you may realize. To learn more about cosmetic dental treatments, schedule a consultation by calling us at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.