Tooth-Colored Fillings – Carrollton, TX
Mercury-Free Cavity Solutions
In the past, dentists relied heavily on amalgam fillings to treat decay. Silver and other metals were first used to repair tooth decay back in the 1800s. Mercury was added to the mixture in order to make the metals more pliable. For decades, this remained the material of choice for fillings.
Eventually, however, people began to be concerned about the mercury content in fillings. Mercury is a heavy metal that can enter the body and cause harm. While doctors, dentists, and scientists have not firmly concluded that mercury is a proven health threat, all agreed that another type of filling material was needed. Today, Dr. Caballeros uses tooth-colored fillings to repair decay, which is a safe alternative to amalgam.
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Amalgam vs. Tooth-Colored Fillings
While some dentists still place amalgam fillings, the biggest strike against them is their appearance. Once in place, amalgam fillings have a dark, unattractive appearance that can make some patients feel nervous about smiling openly and confidently. In addition, many people are sensitive to metal fillings, experiencing an uncomfortable or even painful sensation when they eat certain foods. Amalgam fillings also conduct temperature, so eating hot or cold foods can also be annoying for some people.
The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings, on the other hand, are designed with your smile’s beauty in mind. Instead of standing out, your fillings will be shaded to blend in with your teeth. Beyond this cosmetic feature, tooth-colored fillings are also a more conservative option. The composite resin that makes up your fillings will bond to your teeth in a way that is durable and supportive. Because of this, we can actually leave more of your tooth in place. This bond also makes cracks in the tooth or a loosened filling far less likely.
Receiving Tooth-Colored Fillings in Carrollton
As mentioned, a tooth-colored filling is bonded to your tooth—an amalgam filling, on the other hand, merely rests within the cusps of a tooth and is held in place by pressure. Because of this difference, Dr. Caballeros will only need to remove the portion of your tooth that has been damaged by decay; nothing more needs to be drilled away in order to hold the filling in position. And because a tooth with more original structure in place is strong, your tooth and filling are likely to last much longer than an amalgam filling.
With proper oral hygiene at home and regular dental checkups with Carrollton dentist Dr. Caballero, tooth-colored fillings can last 10 years or more. You should know, however, that composite resin is susceptible to staining. Thus, if you enjoy an occasional cup of coffee, tea, red wine or another dark-colored beverage or food, then you’ll want to brush your teeth more often or at least rinse with water.
Would you like to learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings? Our Carrollton dental office is more than happy to be of service to you – contact us today!
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