The goal of any dental practice is to ensure that you walk out of the office feeling confident and happy with your smile. One of the most common dental procedures involves using tooth-colored fillings to fill cavities, repair damage to teeth, or replace part of a broken tooth previously done with silver amalgam. For patients hoping for a more natural-looking alternative, tooth-colored restorations are a metal-free option. Also known as white fillings or composite resin fillings, tooth-colored fillings are made up of a resin or porcelain mixture and matched to each patient’s individual tooth shade. This allows the filling material to blend in with the surrounding teeth.
Tooth-Colored Fillings vs. Silver
Given that silver amalgam fillings have been the most commonly used option for dental fillings, you may be wondering what the difference is between silver and tooth-colored fillings. Aside from a difference in material, each has a different appearance as well. Silver fillings appear as a shiny metal and can typically be seen, whereas tooth-colored fillings blend in completely with your tooth’s natural color and texture. Patients also typically experience less tooth sensitivity with tooth-colored fillings in comparison to silver fillings.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Restorations
Tooth-colored restorations have a variety of benefits, which is why they are considered to be the superior option for fillings. Due to the porcelain and resin mixture composition, these fillings are extremely durable and have a long lifespan. Tooth-colored fillings also mimic a tooth-like texture and appearance, meaning they will be unnoticeable in your smile. These restorative fillings help reduce bacteria growth as well, which prevents further decay of the tooth.
Our goal at Cakmes Dental Studio is to provide patients with the most advanced technologies and services to ensure that you’ll have a healthy and beautiful smile. Our practice offers a variety of services from cosmetic procedures and general dental health to advanced treatments. If you’re in need of a filling and considering a tooth-colored filling, give us a call at (865) 584-6163 or visit our website to schedule a consultation. We’d be more than happy to provide more information and answer any questions you may have!