People are now able to receive not only dental treatments that repair the essential function of their teeth, but also restore their smile's natural beauty. Today, fillings are able to conceal visual evidence of cavities. The introduction and improvement of bonded tooth colored resin fillings has resulted in a product strong and stylish enough for teeth in the front areas of the mouth. While people have benefited from the traditional amalgam fillings, many have always felt self-conscious about the blackish silver metal that leaves a dark feature in the back of their mouths and is often visible while talking or laughing. Schedule a consultation with Stroudsburg Family Dental today to determine whether a tooth colored filling or a traditional amalgam filling is right for you.
Tooth-colored fillings are made from durable plastics called composite resins. Similar in color and texture to natural teeth, the fillings are less noticeable and much more attractive than other types of fillings.
Because composite resins are tooth-colored, they look more natural than other filling materials. You can smile, talk, and eat with confidence. In addition, tooth-colored fillings are compatible with dental sealants. A tooth can be filled and sealed at the same time to prevent further decay. They are also more conservative in their preparations vs. amalgam fillings.
First, tooth-colored fillings are not for every tooth. They work best in small restorations and low-stress areas. For example, we may not recommend a tooth-colored filling for a large cavity and a stainless steel crown may be recommended instead.
Brush, floss, and visit your dentist. Any filling will last longer with good oral hygiene. Dr. Iglio will regularly check the fillings for color change, leakage, or unusual wear and inform you of the need for repair or replacement.
One of the great advantages of tooth colored fillings is that they are cured with a blue light and can be used right away - as soon as your numbness wears off.
The answer is sometimes. Tooth colored fillings are more complicated and therefor more expensive than mercury containing fillings. In the past, insurance would only pay the fee for silver fillings, but more tooth-colored fillings are being covered each year. Every plan is different so please consult your insurance company before deciding on a tooth colored filling.
The million dollar question – to which the answer is there is no way to know. Anything in your mouth will last as long as you take good care of it. Whether the material is gold, silver-mercury, ceramic, or plastic resin – the restorations in your mouth will last as long as you maintain them. The best fillings in the world can’t stand up to a six pack of soda every day!
Yes – the more food and drink you consume, the more likely the filling will turn color where the filling material and tooth meet. Coffee, tea, grape juice and red wine are some major culprits. Avoid colored foods and avoid stained teeth. This includes your natural teeth, not just tooth-colored fillings!