Tooth Colored Fillings in Loxahatchee, FL
We’ve come a long way in reducing the number of cavities people experience in their lifetime. Learning more about how fluoride strengthens teeth and how to improve brushing and flossing techniques has resulted in fewer cavities overall.
Unfortunately, we’ve yet to eliminate cavities altogether. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 99% of all of us will experience a cavity at some point in our lives.
At Groves Dental Care, we don’t think that a cavity should permanently affect your smile. That’s why we exclusively offer tooth-colored fillings for our patients.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
You’ve probably seen traditional amalgam (silver-colored) fillings before. In fact, you might even have a few yourself!
These fillings have been in use for more than 100 years. While they were effective at filling the damage caused by a cavity and restoring lost tooth structure, they do have a few flaws. The most obvious flaw is the fact that they are easily noticeable.
Today, we have a much better solution – tooth-colored composite fillings. These fillings are made of a combinations of BPA-free plastic and glass particles, and they can be easily molded and placed. They can also be perfectly blended so that they match the natural shade of your enamel.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite fillings do more than just look good!
Here are a few of the other ways composite fillings are an improvement over old amalgam fillings:
- Amalgam fillings are made of a blend of metals that includes mercury. While no problematic side effects have ever been connected to the mercury in fillings, many patients say they would prefer to not have mercury in their mouths at all, and this feeling is completely understandable!
- Metals react to temperature changes differently than your tooth structure. Over time, the minute changes in your fillings in response to temperature differences in the foods you eat can cause your filling to come loose or even create cracks in your tooth.
- A metal filling does not attach itself to your tooth structure and must be held in place “mechanically.” This means that the dentist has to remove extra tooth structure to create a way to properly hold the filling in place. Composite fillings are more pliable, bond to the tooth structure itself, and are placed in layers, curing between each layer. This allows us to remove the absolute minimum amount of tooth structure. Retaining more of your own healthy tooth structure is always a good thing!
- In addition to filling cavities, the material used in tooth-colored fillings can be used to repair other damage to your tooth structure such as chips, cracks, and erosion. We can even make esthetic improvements to your teeth to improve the appearance of gaps and conceal areas of discoloration. This process is known as cosmetic bonding.
Is It Time for a Dental Exam in Loxahatchee, FL?
Ideally, we want to catch cavities and other problems as early as possible – before they ever cause you any discomfort. This allows for simpler, more conservative treatment.
Routine dental examinations are the best way to catch these problems. If it’s been six months or more since your last check-up, give us a call at (561) 328-9050 to schedule your next dental exam in Loxahatchee! We’ll be happy to see you and help you get back on track without judgment or criticism. We are here to help you have the healthy, attractive smile you deserve.