Tooth-Colored Fillings

The Point Behind Tooth-Colored Fillings

A tooth filling is a common restorative treatment for teeth that have developed cavities (holes caused by progressive tooth decay). When a cavity forms, the hole continues to grow, and the structure it destroys can leave your tooth weak, even after you’ve treated it.

A tooth-colored filling is made from customizable composite resin that is placed and secured in a tooth’s cavity. After the cavity is cleaned and sanitized, the filling will restore its structural integrity, as well as seal off the cavity to prevent oral bacteria from infecting it again.

The Advantages of Composite Resin Restorations

Until recent decades, most tooth fillings were comprised of metal amalgam – a mixture of trace metals including silver, tin, and liquid mercury, among others. Although strong, metal fillings have a tendency to fail for a number of reasons. For instance, metal can change shape over time, damaging your tooth structure and leaving it vulnerable to re-infection. By choosing tooth-colored composite resin instead of metal, you can enjoy a number of benefits, including:

  • Maintaining your tooth’s natural, healthy appearance
  • Reducing your risks of future decay in your tooth
  • Improving the health and function of your treated tooth
  • Preserving the structures of opposing teeth (resin produces less friction than metal when you bite and chew)
  • And more

Because composite resin closely matches your tooth’s appearance and can be securely bonded to its structure, it is often used as a cosmetic solution to improving minor tooth blemishes. Known as tooth bonding, resin can provide a non-invasive alternative to other cosmetic enhancements, such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers.

Ejoy the Benefits of a Tooth-Colored Filling

A cavity can affect your tooth’s appearance as well as its health, and with a tooth-colored filling, you can restore and improve your tooth at the same time! To find out if you should choose a tooth-colored filling, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nielsen by calling Commerce Family Dental at (903) 886-3081. Located in Commerce, TX, we also serve the residents of Van Alstyne, Celina, Prosper, Gunter, Frisco, McKinney, and all surrounding communities.