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What Are Tooth Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are gaining in popularity due to their ability to match the color of your teeth. If you happen to be someone who already has metal fillings or has a new filling that needs to be filled, looking into your tooth-colored filling options is highly recommended. The main reason why people are now looking into tooth-colored filling options is that metal fillings are visible and tooth-colored fillings are not. The fact that tooth-colored fillings are also completely safe and very strong makes them a top choice these days for anyone who is in need of a filling.

About tooth-colored fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are able to offer dental patients a much more aesthetic alternative, which is why so many dental patients are asking their dentist whether or not tooth-colored fillings are an option for them. Traditional filling options are metal fillings, also known as silver fillings and dental amalgams. Over the years there has been a debate on how safe metal fillings are, another reason why many dental patients are looking into their tooth-colored filling options. Tooth-colored fillings are not only more aesthetically pleasing, they are also often able to help preserve more of the tooth’s structure.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are made using a special blend of resins and fillers due to their ability to best resemble the qualities of a natural tooth. While the process of filling a cavity using a tooth-colored filling vs. a metal filling is very similar, there is a difference. When a tooth is prepared for a filling and metal is used, it is often necessary for the dentist to remove some parts of the healthy tooth. Although this is a necessary process, removing healthy parts of a tooth can jeopardize its integrity, making it weaker and therefore more prone to breakage. When composite resins are used to fill a cavity there is no need to remove any healthy parts of the tooth. Instead, the composite resin is able to mechanically bond to the tooth, which is going to make the entire tooth stronger. Tooth-colored fillings are often recommended for fillings nowadays as they are not only able to make a tooth stronger when it has a cavity, they are also able to provide a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

In need of tooth-colored fillings?

If you would like to know if tooth-colored fillings are an option for you, contacting an experienced dentist as necessary. Tooth-colored fillings are most often recommended for small or medium-sized cavities making it necessary to get a professional opinion on whether or not a tooth-colored filling is indeed the best filling choice. Because tooth-colored fillings are able to repair a tooth that is in decay by making it stronger, metal fillings are becoming a thing of the past. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry, request an appointment in our Rancho Santa Margarita dental office here: Or call us at (949) 709-1900.

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