Written by: on March 7, 2016 @ 8:53 pm

shutterstock_180805151In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were more commonly used for restoring teeth that are damaged from tooth decay. However, their appearance is typically much darker than your natural tooth color which tends to deter patients away from using the material. Composite, a newer material that’s becoming increasingly popular, can actually be colored to match the shade of your tooth. Not only is the material aesthetically appealing, but it can also restore the strength and integrity of your tooth similar to amalgam fillings. Depending on your individual situation, your dentist can discuss what options would best suit you.

Benefits Of Composite Fillings

Comfort – With other filling materials, your tooth could have sensitivities to extreme temperatures – hot or cold. Not only sensitivity, but amalgam tends to expand when it comes in contact with heat and contract when it meets cold which usually leads to cracking the structure of your tooth.

Strength – The composite material itself is able to bond with your natural tooth, restoring the strength of your natural tooth.

Durability – Over the past few decades, the composite material has been improved and strengthened enough to withstand the pressure that your back teeth undergo. It used to only be used for front teeth that didn’t endure any grinding or clenching – but now, it can be used on any tooth!

When Do You Need A Filling?

When bacteria – known as plaque – around your mouth come in contact with sugars or starches, acid is formed. This acid begins to wear away your enamel, and once it breaks through, begins to attack the softer layer beneath it – dentin. As this infection (tooth decay) progresses, it can further damage your tooth, eventually forming a cavity. If a cavity is then left untreated, you could end up with an abscess or worse, lose the tooth altogether. A filling can help to restore the strength and function of your tooth after removing the cavity, but if you wait too long – you may need a more extensive restoration option like a crown or even dental implant.

Catogories: Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry

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