Tooth Colored Fillings – Pros and Cons
From time to time, you’ll end up with a cavity and need to get a filling from Dr. Marra and his team. But there are many choices today when it comes to the type of filing you can get. Composite or tooth colored fillings, meant to fill cavities, are made of resin and microscopic particles of glass, and occasionally porcelain. These modern fillings are more natural looking than more traditional fillings, which are made of a mixture of different metals.
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Advantages of composite fillings
Metallic or amalgam fillings cannot bond to the tooth, they only rest on top of it to provide some protection, but composite tooth-colored fillings bond to the tooth chemically and easily imitate the hard enamel on our natural teeth. They are a great option to treat dental decay because they’re attractive and strong.
More pros of using tooth colored fillings include:
- Less sensitivity and pain with tooth colored fillings
- Natural looking solution
- Materials do not contain any mercury, where metal fillings do
- Less tendency to warp due to temperature
- Restoration of dental strength, because they are bonded to the teeth
- Ability to custom shade to match the surrounding teeth
- Change to keep more of your natural tooth – less of the tooth will need to be removed than with amalgam fillings, which will help to maintain the tooth’s strength
Some disadvantages of tooth colored fillings include:
- Slightly higher cost – they cost more than amalgam fillings, due to the materials used
- Less longevity – composite fillings are not as strong as amalgam fillings
- Chance of staining – the composite materials may stain, but this can be an advantage too, as you won’t have one perfectly white tooth among your own naturally stained teeth.
- Longer appointment times – composite fillings take a bit longer for Dr. Marra and his team to fit and bond.
The first step in placing tooth colored fillings is to numb the area with anesthesia, which isn’t always necessary unless the tooth decay has progressed into the areas surrounding the nerves. Dr. Marra will then remove the decay, clean the tooth and apply a primer, which opens pores in the tooth. Then, he will apply the bonding agent and cure it. The filling material will be placed inside of the tooth, shaped, and cured. The result is a natural-looking, strong filling that will last for years.
If you are considering which type of filling may be best for you, talk to Dr. Marra and his team. They will be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have.