The Superior Qualities of Tooth-Colored Fillings
A dental cavity is a fairly common oral health problem, but it does require prompt attention. Treating a dental cavity is key to restoring the tooth and protecting it from more extensive damage. There are many restorative dentistry treatments that allow us to rebuild tooth structure, but in the case of cavities, a dental filling is usually sufficient. For many years, metal amalgam fillings were seen as the standard in dental fillings treatment, but today, many dentists have begun to rely on tooth-colored composite fillings. Dr. Peter Hellwig now solely offers tooth-colored fillings at his practice. The tooth-colored filling benefits for our San Diego patients make composite fillings an obvious choice over the metal fillings of the past.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
There is a reason that tooth-colored fillings are the new standard in dental fillings at so many dental practices, and that is the simple fact that they offer benefits which far outweigh those of silver amalgam fillings. In fact, not only are tooth-colored fillings preferred for treating decay, but more and more patients are coming to Dr. Hellwig to have their old metal fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations. Below are some of the reasons that patients and dentists alike are relying on tooth-colored fillings:
- Aesthetics: This may be obvious, but tooth-colored fillings are more attractive than metal fillings. Instead of standing out against the teeth like gray, metal fillings do, tooth-colored fillings blend right in. They are not even noticeable when a patient smiles, laughs, or talks.
- Strength: It is true that silver amalgam fillings are made of strong material, but tooth-colored fillings strengthen the teeth even more because they actually bond to the tooth structure. They also hold their shape better than metal fillings and will not expand and contract when exposed to extreme temperatures.
- Preservation of tooth structure: Tooth-colored fillings allow patients to preserve more of their natural tooth structure, which is always beneficial. When preparing a tooth for a filling, those who receive a tooth-colored filling will need to have less healthy tooth enamel removed than those who have opted for a metal filling.
- Safety: Metal fillings contain trace amounts of mercury, a toxic material. While these amounts are said to be safe for patients, why take the risk? Tooth-colored fillings are composed of composite materials that are completely free of toxins, making them the safest choice in dental fillings.
While tooth-colored fillings can adequately treat minor to moderate cases of decay, there are times when more extensive repair will be necessary. Dr. Hellwig can treat more advanced stages of tooth decay with inlays, onlays, or dental crowns. All of these restorations are tooth-colored fabrications that will offer the same aesthetic and health benefits of tooth-colored fillings.
If you are suffering from tooth decay and would like to learn more about your dental treatment options, we encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience. Dr. Peter Hellwig offers superior dental care that will allow you to restore the health and beauty of your smile. We look forward to hearing from you!