Do you have metal fillings in your mouth that were placed many years ago? In the past, metal, or amalgam fillings, were thought to provide the best range of protection and stability when repairing a dental cavity. However, most dentists nowadays use white, tooth-colored resin for dental fillings because they have proved to be a much better option for many reasons. If your metal fillings are still doing their job well, then there is probably no reason to replace them, unless you prefer a more natural-looking, inconspicuous restoration.
Tooth colored fillings are derived from a special mixture of acrylic and silica filler, and can be tinted to match your other teeth. By using these materials, dentists are better able to hide your restoration and ensure a long-lasting result. Non-metal fillings often last as long as your other teeth, and usually do not require any special care.
Stronger than Metal
Although metal fillings are technically strong, they are unable to bond with your teeth, creating the possibility of tooth fractures and excessive decay. Ligaments and supporting structures within your jaw allow your teeth to flex and shift. Composite fillings are designed to fuse with your tooth enamel, allowing them to shift with your teeth and prevent cracks. Also, white fillings do not expand or shrink when exposed to temperature changes, unlike metal restorations, and they can actually improve the overall strength of your tooth.
With the tremendous growth in cosmetic dentistry, many people are doing whatever it takes to improve their smile. White fillings are usually the restoration of choice for cavities because they are virtually invisible to the untrained eye. Composite resin is an excellent medium for your dentist to easily match with the shades of your natural teeth.
ABOUT YOUR NORTH RICHLAND HILLS DENTIST:
With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-577-1444.