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.
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!
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 us at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.