If you recall, teeth were filled with a mixture of different metals in the past. However, through advances in dental technology and growing public demand, the majority of fillings are now tooth-colored. Today’s fillings are far more natural looking – and metal free! – than the dental fillings of the past. Often referred to as composite resins or composite fillings, tooth-colored fillings provide excellent durability in addition to their aesthetic appeal. Unlike their metal counterparts, tooth-colored fillings are much more resistant to fractures and can withstand moderate pressure from the normal stress of chewing.
Even though tooth-colored fillings are considered a relatively new development, they have been used by dentists throughout the world for more than 50 years. Comprised of a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture, composite fillings are often used to repair and restore decayed teeth, for one. Beyond their most logical use, composite fillings have also become increasingly popular for cosmetic purposes. Unlike unsightly metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings work to improve the smile by adjusting the color of the teeth, giving them a natural look and feel.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Dr. Annette Van Natta and her dental team are committed to providing each and every patient who walks through our doors with the highest level of service, whether they are in need of a routine cleaning, root canal, or dental filling. Thanks to advances in dental technology, we proudly offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services that aim to help you, the customer, achieve optimal oral health and the smile you’ve always wanted.
As briefly mentioned above, tooth-colored or composite dental fillings are a wonderful option that are designed to provide patients with good durability and resistance to fracture. If you have composite dental fillings, you will no longer have to worry about causing further damage to your teeth by the simple act of chewing. This is an extremely popular and viable alternative to metal fillings of the past, as they are carefully constructed with dentin, enamel, and incisal translucencies to blend in more naturally with all your other teeth.
Dr. Van Natta and her dental team believes in offering this service to our patients because you deserve the best there is. Simply put, tooth-colored fillings are more attractive and non-toxic, which means they are better for the environment and your body. Tooth-colored fillings are a great alternative to mercury-based fillings and are the strongest option for fillings out there today.
Do I Need Composite Fillings?
It is no secret that dentistry has come a long way over the last 50+ years. One area where this is quite evident is dental fillings. In years past, dentistry focused on using durable, rigid materials to help create stronger teeth when decay or damage was present. However, these materials were actually found to make things worse, instead of better. With the introduction of such items as composite fillings, dental patients no longer have to worry about their teeth sustaining more damage because of a specific dental procedure.
So, how do you know if tooth-colored, composite fillings are the right choice for you? A clear and obvious alternative to traditional mercury fillings, tooth-colored fillings may be the right choice for you if you have any of the following dental problems or concerns:
- Tooth decay
- The desire to replace mercury (silver) fillings with a more natural-looking option
- The desire to have a natural and pearly white smile
There are numerous scenarios that may call for tooth-colored fillings. To learn more about this service from your local dentist, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Annette Van Natta’s dental clinic today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about composite fillings or any other service that we offer.