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.
They 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.
Unlike metal, composite resin 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 metal 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.
The resin 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 your dentist can bond the resin to the affected area of the tooth to restore its full, healthy appearance.
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, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.