Although cavities are preventable, it is estimated that at least 91% of adults have had at least one in a permanent tooth. To treat it, a metal filling was often used in the past. While they are effective, many are now coming to prefer another method. Tooth-colored fillings blend in seamlessly when you smile because they match the color of your enamel. Not to mention, they do not contain any mercury. If you have metal fillings, do not worry. Your dentist in Tyler can replace them.
Disadvantages of Metal Fillings
Amalgam fillings were the go-to method for treating tooth decay for several decades. Using a mixture of metals, including mercury, they are strong, durable, and affordable. While they are effective, they do have a dark appearance, which can become more noticeable over time as they cause your tooth to darken.
Although metal fillings are considered safe by the American Dental Association, many are now turning away from them do the risk for mercury exposure. When you combine this with their noticeability, many are seeking an alternative solution.
Now, many are turning to tooth-colored fillings. Not only are they mercury-free, but no one will be able to tell that they are in place.
Discover a New Solution
Tooth-colored fillings do not contain any metal. Instead, they are made from a blend of composite resin and silica fillers, allowing them to be a safer alternative to metal ones. In addition, they can be customized to match your enamel color. You will not have to worry about a dark appearance causing you to feel insecure when you smile.
They also allow you to maintain more of your tooth’s structure. Undercuts are not needed to hold the material in place and your tooth will not need to be reshaped. As a result, this offers a less invasive option while also allowing you to protect your tooth’s integrity.
When compared to metal fillings, those that are tooth-colored remain durable and strong to provide you with a long-term solution to protect your tooth.
Say Good Bye to Metal Fillings
If you are ready to say good bye to a dark metal filling, your dentist will first cut it into small pieces while keeping it cool during the removal process. A high-volume evacuator is needed to reduce the risk for exposure to mercury vapor. After the filling has been removed, the tooth will be cleaned and sterilized to allow the new one to be placed.
A primer is applied to your tooth to open the pores of the enamel and dentin. A bonding agent is then put on the tooth and it’s cured prior to applying the filling material. It will be shaped and sculpted before being quickly hardened by a special light. Your bite will be checked, and you will be ready to walk out with a healthy, beautiful smile.
Get a Beautiful Smile Today!
Don’t let a dark filling hurt your confidence. Choose a natural-looking option with tooth-colored fillings.
About Dennis E. Stansbury
Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury provides complete dental care using the latest advancements in dentistry, including tooth-colored fillings. He can replace your metal filling with a safer alternative. Contact Stansbury Dental today to schedule your consultation.