In traditional dentistry, the primary method for filling a cavity was to use silver amalgam metal. As a result, you may be among the millions of Americans who reveal a little silver sparkle every time you smile. Times have changed and modern advancements in dentistry bring a new cavity solution with your smile in mind.
Tooth colored fillings, also known as composite fillings, deliver both the appeal of a natural smile and the benefits of a healthy fix for damaged teeth. Whether you are having a tooth filled for the first time or replacing a metal filling, tooth colored fillings may be the right choice for you.
Although most of our patients prefer tooth colored fillings simply because they look better, that is only one benefit among many:
1. BLEND NATURALLY WITH YOUR TEETH
Because tooth colored fillings are designed specifically to match surrounding teeth, they look like part of your natural tooth. You can smile with confidence, knowing your repaired teeth blend seamlessly with your existing teeth for a silver-free smile.
2. BETTER PRESERVATION
With tooth colored fillings, the Murray team is able to preserve more of your damaged tooth. The composite filling requires very minimal amounts of the existing tooth to be removed for placement. Keeping the damaged tooth more intact reduces the chance of the tooth being damaged again and leads to better overall dental health.
3. REDUCED SENSITIVITY
After a short time, tooth colored fillings are no longer sensitive to hot and cold, allowing you to experience normal eating and drinking habits without discomfort. Metal fillings expand and contract relative to temperature sometimes leading to damaged teeth. Composite fillings do not fluctuate with temperature exposure.
4. HEALTHY AND STRONG
While traditional metal fillings may contain potentially toxic materials like mercury, composite fillings are completely healthy and safe. In addition to safety, composite fillings also strengthen a structurally weakened tooth as they are bonded directly to your teeth.
Please contact the Murray team today to see if tooth colored fillings may be the best solution for you.