Carrollton Cosmetic Fillings
Fillings are used to fill cavities or strengthen a weak tooth. Older adults may remember silver amalgam fillings as the most popular, if not the only type of filling available at the dental practice. Silver amalgam is known for its durability, strength, and ability to withstand strong chewing forces. But if you’ve ever had an amalgam filling placed, you know that it’s not the most discreet solution. The silver color stands out and can stain your teeth. Some patients are also concerned about the possible harmful effects of mercury vapor in amalgam fillings.
A cosmetic or tooth-colored filling is the new way to bring back the health of a decayed or damaged tooth. Our office in Carrollton offers cosmetic or tooth-colored restorations as aesthetic and biocompatible alternatives to silver amalgam. In fact, we no longer use silver or amalgam fillings. Cosmetic fillings are made of resin or porcelain that blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Dr. Proctor can color-match the filling material so they look completely invisible.
Why Choose Cosmetic Fillings Over Amalgam?
Cosmetic or tooth-colored fillings have many advantages over traditional silver fillings.
Great aesthetics. Tooth-colored fillings are invisible, even if you look closely at the tooth. The resin or porcelain material mimics real enamel so well that it’s hard to tell that they’re artificial.
Mercury-free. Cosmetic fillings are safe for the body and the environment. You don’t have to worry about mercury vapor leaking out.
Metal-free. The fillings contain no metal that can cause discomfort when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks. Cosmetic fillings are recommended for patients with metal allergies.
Tooth protection. Unlike silver amalgam fillings, cosmetic fillings bond directly to the surface of the tooth to strengthen the structure. There’s no need to remove so much enamel or hollow out the tooth.
Durability and strength. Thanks to modern bonding techniques, cosmetic fillings can now last as long as silver amalgam fillings. Cosmetic fillings can be used to restore front teeth or teeth that receive the highest chewing forces.