Tooth Colored Restorations
Correct Your Teeth with Safe and Natural-Looking Tooth-Colored Fillings
Who doesn’t want a flawless, natural-looking smile? No doubt you’ve considered how different your appearance would be if you didn’t have unsightly silver fillings marring your grin, if you didn’t feel self-conscious about throwing your head back to laugh for fear someone will see the dark spots in your teeth. Tooth-colored fillings can change all that, giving you a strong, natural-looking smile you’ll be proud to flash.
What Are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings have two large benefits: one is aesthetic, and the other is health-related.
Tooth-colored fillings simply look nice. When used to fill a cavity, restore a tooth, or fix chips or cracks, the restoration blends in with your existing tooth enamel, repairing your oral health problem while ensuring that you have a beautiful smile.
Tooth-colored fillings – commonly referred to as composites – are also better for your overall health. Silver fillings are not only unsightly, one of their components is mercury, which will leach out of the filling every time you chew and eventually make its way through your body and bloodstream. One silver filling might be small and seem inconsequential, but if you have a lot of silver fillings, mercury toxicity becomes more and more of a possibility the longer it remains in your mouth.
What Elements Are in a Tooth-Colored Filling?
The goal of a tooth-colored filling is to save your tooth. Ideally, these dental fillings help stop tooth decay from causing any further damage to your smile and prevent a tooth from having to be pulled. Tooth-colored restorations help prevent any filling leaks from occurring and saves the tooth from cracking or breaking.
The strength of composite fillings cannot be disputed. Tooth-colored fillings are 90 to 95 percent as strong as a healthy natural tooth, while silver fillings – unattractive and unstable – are only 40 to 45 percent as strong.
Are Composites Used Only for Filling Teeth?
When your decayed tooth needs more than a filling but less than a crown to repair it, a composite inlay or onlay will be used to bring your tooth back to a healthy state.
Inlays are used when the decay is within the indented top surface, or cusp, of a tooth. An onlay is used when the cavity involves one or more cusps. If the cavity or tooth damage is more severe, it may be necessary to have a crown placed.
Composite inlays and onlays are made of a combination of plastic and zirconia/silica which is bonded to the tooth. They are tooth-colored in appearance and actually strengthen the structure of the tooth by up to 75 percent, and because of the composite materials from which they are made, they can last up to 30 years.
Dissatisfied with the appearance of your existing fillings? Believe you are in need of tooth-colored restorations? Visit Dr. Shaista Najmi at Ivory Dental to discuss your available options.