No one wants ugly fillings. What if you could have fillings that matched the color of your teeth – no one would ever know that you had fillings! Wouldn’t you choose those over silver fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are safe, long-lasting, reliable, and they look great.
Tooth-colored fillings are a great alternative to silver-colored, mercury-based fillings. And they’re even better for the structure of your teeth! Is it any wonder that many dentists are dumping mercury-based fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite – plastic resins that actually look like your real teeth, and are even stronger than mercury fillings. Should we take a closer look?
Why Do Teeth Need to be Filled?
Chipped, broken or decayed teeth have to be filled. And it doesn’t much matter what type of material you choose, the procedure is going to be the same. Your mouth will be anesthetized, and then the affected area will be drilled out. Once that is removed, a filling material will be placed in your tooth, and bonded. There you go, all done.
So, what’s the difference? Well, if you’re going to have a good bond with your filling, then with a traditional filling, the tooth has to be undercut. In other words, some of the healthy tooth has to be removed. What’s left can crack. With resin, no undercutting is needed. The bonding material snaps right onto your tooth, and lasts longer.
If you need a small or moderate restoration (which is the case with most fillings), you should definitely consider bonding. Bonding resists fractures and chewing pressure, and can usually be accomplished in just one visit to your dentist.
That said, we’re not saying that bonding is perfect in every case. Why don’t you come in and see us? We can determine whether tooth-colored fillings are right for you, or if you need another type of treatment. We want to work with you to ensure that you have the best smile you can, and to help you determine a course of treatment.
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