The advantages of tooth-colored fillings
Patients of the Dallas, Texas area who are considering ways to address areas of minor decay may find an excellent solution to be that of tooth-colored fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are the best answer for small cavities. In the past, and still today, many dentists used silver amalgam fillings – we have never offered silver amalgam fillings during our 25+ years of dentistry. Instead, we always offered composite fillings that have several benefits, making them a more desirable choice. Drs. Mary Swift and Morgan Petty of Dallas Laser Dentistry encourage patients to learn more about the right solution for their dental health needs.
What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings, also called composite fillings, closely resemble the natural tooth. They provide good durability and resistance to wear and tear while offering a natural appearance that closely matches the color of your teeth. Here are some other advantages of tooth-colored fillings:
- They can be used in small or medium cavities and are less expensive than crowns or inlays/onlays.
- When smiling, your tooth-colored fillings aren’t noticeable as smile flaws.
What can I expect at an appointment to place white tooth fillings?
First and foremost, an examination appointment is made, during which our dentists will utilize digital x-rays to find decay – if minor decay is detected on tooth surfaces composite resin fillings are best. Then, the tooth or teeth are prepared for the filling. This means that the decay is removed and the area is cleaned. Once the tooth is ready, our dentists will choose a shade of composite resin that closely matches your natural tooth color. The resin is then placed in the cavity or on the tooth surface and shaped to match your bite. A specialized dental light is used to harden the resin, and then the filling is polished for a natural-looking finish.
Am I a candidate for white tooth fillings?
Composite resin fillings are a good choice for patients who have small to medium cavities. They can also repair cracked, chipped, or misshapen teeth.
How do I find out if tooth-colored restorations are suitable for my smile?
If you are considering replacing silver fillings with white tooth fillings, be sure to consult with our dentists at Dallas Laser Dentistry to see if they are the right choice for you. Call the Dallas, TX, area office at 469 838 5292 to request a consultation visit with Drs. Mary Swift and Morgan Petty at 7557 Rambler Road, Suite #1023.