Tooth-colored Fillings: A Discreet and Effective Restorative Solution
Dental fillings have been used to treat millions of patients who have experienced cavities and tooth decay. For generations, dentists used heavy metal filling materials, which were darkly colored and carried potential side effects. Thanks to modern dental advances, patients can now receive fillings made of tooth-colored composite resin. This strong, durable material blends with natural tooth enamel to provide patients with a discreet and effective restorative solution. If you have been diagnosed with a cavity, Dr. John F. Rink offers tooth-colored fillings at his Charleston, SC, practice to overcome decay and restore the health of your tooth. To learn more about how we can use tooth-colored fillings to improve your oral health, contact our office today.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
Traditional filling materials were effective, but also carried several side effects. Today, the majority of Americans choose to receive composite fillings due to their many benefits:
- Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, composite restorations do not contain mercury. Although the small amount of mercury present in traditional fillings is generally considered safe, many people still have concerns over potential side effects.
- Silver amalgam fillings can weaken teeth when they expand or contract due to temperature changes. Composite fillings are resistant to changes in temperature and can actually strengthen teeth.
- Compared to traditional methods, dentists do not have to remove as much of your natural tooth structure in order to place a tooth-colored filling.
- Composite fillings actually bond more securely with the tooth's structure than amalgam, leading to a more durable and longer-lasting restoration.
- Using composite results in less post-treatment pain and sensitivity than traditional fillings.
Additionally, there are no known health risks associated with the use of composite fillings. For these reasons, many patients are also choosing to have old silver fillings replaced with composite. Some patients may experience mild discomfort after receiving a tooth-colored filling, but this should clear up after a few days.
Placing a Filling
If Dr. Rink identifies a cavity or area of decay during a routine dental appointment, he may recommend you receive a filling to prevent further damage and help restore the health of the tooth. Receiving a filling is a safe and relatively short procedure that can provide lasting benefits to your oral health. Your dentist can also perform multiple fillings in a single visit, if necessary.
To begin, Dr. Rink will prepare the tooth by cleaning the affected area and removing any decay. Once all signs of damage or decay are eliminated, the doctor will fill in the missing areas with a tooth-colored composite resin before using a special light to harden the material and bond it to your tooth. The doctor will precisely shape the material and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable bite. Once your filling is in place, you can benefit from a natural-looking tooth that is both stronger and healthier.
Dr. Rink emphasizes a patient-centered and personalized approach to treatment. If you are suffering from mild to moderate decay, we can provide tooth-colored fillings to help restore your oral health. To learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, contact our office to schedule your appointment.