Tooth Colored Fillings
No on wants to hear the news they have a cavity and in the past, this news was especially frustrating as it meant that a ‘silver’ filling would be necessary to correct the problem and that metal-colored filling would be noticeable when you smile for the rest of your life. Dentistry has come a long way over the years and those silver, or as they’re called in the dental industry, ‘amalgam’ fillings, are a thing of the past. Now tooth-colored fillings which are made of safer materials and are completely unnoticeable when you smile are an easy solution when tooth decay strikes.
Over the years research has shown that silver, or amalgam fillings, may not be as safe as everyone once thought. Made with ingredients such as mercury, a known neurotoxin, many patients have sought after a safer alternative. Tooth-colored fillings are made with a composite material which is thought to be safer and more natural in appearance.
The jury is still out when it comes to amalgam fillings. Some patients still choose this option because it’s the most cost-effective way to repair tooth decay and stop it from getting worse. However, those who want an alternative solution with less risk involved love tooth-colored, composite fillings especially because you can’t even tell they’ve had a filling when they smile.
One of the only drawbacks to choosing composite fillings over amalgam fillings is that they don’t last as long. While amalgam, or silver fillings, may last up to 10 or 15 years, composite fillings only last around 5 and 7 years and will need replacing sooner. This is especially true for larger fillings or ones located in areas of the mouth that may see more pressure from chewing and biting.
If you’re interested in learning more about tooth-colored fillings or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call us today at 623-748-5162.