3 Ways Tooth-Colored Fillings Outperform Metal
One of the biggest reasons why tooth-colored fillings have become so popular is because they offer a more cosmetically pleasing solution to treating cavities. Not only do they stop your cavity and alleviate your toothache, but they also blend in with your tooth in a way that metal fillings never could. However, there are other ways in which the more modern, mercury-free fillings outperform their metal counterparts. In many cases, those ways include better protection for your tooth and more comprehensive restoration of its integrity.
They look more natural
The resin that tooth-colored fillings are made of consists of finely ground, biocompatible acrylic and quartz-like particles. Unlike mercury-based metal amalgam, the composite resin can be custom-tinted to match the unique color and shade of your tooth and the healthy teeth around it. When you bite, chew, speak, and smile, your filling will remain discreet, even if it’s placed in a highly visible tooth.
They fill your cavity better
Also unlike metal, composite resin conforms more accurately to the unique shape of your tooth’s cavity. Once your dentist places the resin, it will fill the cavity more effectively, which means it can more fully restore your tooth’s structural integrity. The stronger your restored tooth is, the less likely it will be to become damaged under pressure in the future due to the loss of its healthy, natural structure.
They prevent future decay
Filling your cavity more precisely not only makes your tooth stronger, but also offers more effective protection against the oral bacteria that lead to tooth decay. Even after your cavity has been treated, the tooth structure that’s been compromised is left vulnerable to harmful bacteria and reinfection. The quality of your tooth filling will determine the likelihood that these bacteria once again lead to decay in this vulnerable structure.
Learn More About the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Besides the fact that they blend in discreetly with your teeth, tooth-colored fillings are also highly beneficial for your long-term oral health. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.