Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that are used to repair a damaged tooth, including chipped or decayed teeth. Once the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth is removed, the composite filling will fill the tooth, giving it back its original form.
Composite fillings are just one of several options that are available for restorations. Each option has its own benefits and drawbacks, and we are happy to help you decide which would be best for you. Silver amalgam fillings and composite fillings are more commonly used than any other type of filling. Composite fillings can be very closely matched to the color of your surrounding teeth, therefore making them most appropriate for front teeth or other visible teeth.
You may want to consider composite fillings if you experience:
• Chipped teeth
• Closing a gap between two teeth
• Cracked or broken teeth
• Decayed teeth
• Worn teeth
Amalgam fillings are much darker than natural tooth structure, so they stand out in sharp contrast to the color of your surrounding teeth. This is sometimes referred to as the “metal-mouth” look. Amalgam fillings can also corrode and leak over time, potentially staining your other teeth. Additionally, many people are now concerned over the health consequences of mercury in amalgam fillings.
The most obvious advantage of cosmetic fillings is that they are nearly invisible in your mouth. They don’t stand out as dark spots in that beautiful smile you’ve been working hard to maintain. Cosmetic fillings bond tightly to your existing teeth and work extremely well for small cavities. Obviously, there is no danger of metal-sensitivity.
Dr. Balatgek or our Assistants will provide you with care instructions when the procedure is finished. Keeping up good eating habits, regular dental visits and consistent hygiene care at home will help extend the life of your fillings. Call Sinking Spring Family Dental to schedule your next visit today!