For many years, receiving a filling meant that you were stuck with a noticeable metal coating in your mouth—but it is now possible to leave the dentist’s office with tooth-colored fillings that are nearly invisible as well as far more durable than their metal predecessors. Read on to learn more about this filling option:
How Is a Metal Filling Different from a Tooth-Colored Filling?
Besides the obvious visual differences, a metal filling does not actually bond to the tooth enamel. To remain in place, metal fillings must be wedged within teeth, which can weaken the tooth structure over time. This puts teeth at risk for cracking or fracturing, situations that may lead to the need for more extensive treatment down the road.
What Are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin material that physically bonds to the tooth, effectively reinforcing it. This type of filling lasts just as long as a metal filling, but doesn’t weaken the healthy parts of the tooth it’s attached to. A tooth-colored filling is also more aesthetically pleasing than a metal filling and is the most inconspicuous way to treat a decayed tooth.
Can You Replace Your Metal Fillings With Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Many patients request that their old metal fillings be removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings. This may be due to either cosmetic reasons or health concerns over the integrity of the filled teeth or the mercury used in metal fillings. However it should be noted that even though silver fillings contain mercury, the form that it is in within the filling has been found to be safe.
At the offices of Stuart Feurstein, DMD in Mount Kisco, NY, our knowledgeable and skilled staff puts our patients first. We offer exceptional service in general, cosmetic, children’s, and family dentistry. Call us today at (914) 752-4239 for more information.