Today, dentists and patients have several options when it comes to the materials used to repair teeth damaged by cavities. Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite fillings, offer a number of advantages over fillings of the past, which were made of metal materials (either silver/amalgam or gold).
Dr. Matthew Warner of Willoughby Dental is pleased to offer composite fillings for patients who need to repair a damaged tooth or wish to replace a metal filling. Here, the trusted Greenville dentist reveals the benefits of composite fillings.
Unsurprisingly, many patients are opting for composite fillings over metal ones because of the superior aesthetics they offer. Composite fillings mimic the color of natural tooth enamel and are buffed and polished for a translucent and beautiful appearance. With composite fillings, you can speak, smile and laugh without the embarrassment of conspicuous and unattractive metal fillings.
Preservation of More Natural Tooth Structure
Composite fillings typically require less drilling than metal fillings and other dental restorations. This means less of the existing tooth structure needs to be removed in order to prepare the tooth for the filling, preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible.
Unbeknownst to some people, composite fillings can be used for more than just filling cavities. The composite material is a great option for repairing small chips or cracks in the teeth. It can also be used to restore a healthy and normal appearance to eroded and worn teeth. In any case, the composite resin material will be color-matched and shaped to blend in with your surrounding teeth.
Composite fillings are bonded directly to the tooth’s surface, strengthening the tooth and protecting it from further damage. But as with other dental restorations, composite fillings must be properly taken care of to ensure they last for many years. Good oral hygiene is essential, including brushing and flossing regularly, as well as routine dental checkups with your dentist.
If you have a cavity, or would like to replace an amalgam filling, schedule an appointment with Willoughby Dental. Dr. Warner would be happy to explain how tooth-colored fillings can help you restore a healthier and beautiful smile. Contact our Greenville, NC office by calling (864) 546-4242 or emailing us today.