Cavities are common, but they are usually treated long before they cause significant damage, and in many cases, that treatment consists of a dental filling. Even if you’ve never had a filling placed, chances are that you may need one someday, and a tooth-colored filling will likely be your best option.
Made from safe, highly-effective composite resin, tooth-colored fillings offer a variety of benefits over metal restorations, including a more natural appearance that helps you retain the confidence in your smile.
They look like your tooth.
Composite resin fillings are referred to as “tooth-colored fillings” because the material can be custom-tinted to match your tooth’s exact hue and shade. When placed in a cavity, the filling will blend in discreetly with the tooth structure around it, making the filling nearly undetectable when you bite, chew, or smile.
They’re safer than metal.
Patients with metal allergies, who are pregnant, or who are especially young or elderly should typically not receive metal fillings. However, composite resin tooth-colored fillings are safe for all patients, so more people can enjoy healthier, stronger, more beautiful smiles even after they’ve developed cavities.
They protect your tooth better.
Also unlike metal, composite resin (which consists of biocompatible acrylic and quartz-like particles) can be securely bonded to your tooth’s natural structure. The seal created by the bond more effectively protects the inner structures of the tooth from decay-causing oral bacteria. Therefore, tooth-colored fillings can reduce your risks of a cavity-afflicted tooth becoming infected again after the filling has been placed.