More Biocompatible Dental Fillings
Treating tooth decay – the condition that leads to cavity development – is one of the more common reasons for needing restorative dental treatment. Though it may seem minor at first, a cavity will grow larger over time, stopping only when you address it directly and restore your tooth. A filling is a manmade material that we place inside of a cavity after carefully cleaning away the harmful oral bacteria and infected tooth structure. Using tooth-colored composite resin instead of more traditional metal amalgam, we can create more discreet and biocompatible tooth filling to ensure optimal cosmetic and restorative results.
The benefits of tooth-colored fillings
Often known as tooth-colored fillings, restorations made from composite resin offer several important benefits when treating cavities. Made from finely ground acrylic and quartz-like particles, tooth-colored fillings offer the advantages of:
- Blending in with your healthy teeth – The most notable difference between composite resin fillings and metal ones is that they don’t have a metallic appearance. In fact, the resin can be customized to match the unique color and shade of any healthy tooth structure, making them more natural-looking and esthetically pleasing.
- Improved safety for all patients – Because composite resin doesn’t contain any traces of metal, it’s also a safer filling material for patients who have metal allergies, are pregnant, very young, older, or have other health concerns. Therefore, they can help more patients treat cavities before their tooth decay becomes more severe.
- Better tooth restoration and preservation – When a filling is made from metal, it can act in ways that might threaten your tooth structure. For example, metal can expand or contract in heat or cold (respectively), which could potentially damage your tooth’s healthy structure or leave it exposed to harmful oral bacteria.
- Reduced risks of further decay – Because tooth-colored composite resin retains its shape and can be bonded securely to your tooth structure, it reduces the risks of your tooth becoming damaged or developing decay again. This means a tooth-colored filling could lower your risks of having to treat the tooth again.
Treat a cavity with a better filling
In addition to blending in with your tooth’s appearance, tooth-colored fillings are also more biocompatible than metal ones. To learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, schedule a restorative dentistry consultation by calling Rodem Tree Dental in Rowlett, TX, today at 972-475-2321. We also proudly serve patients who live in Rockwall, Garland, Mesquite, Wylie, Sachse, and all surrounding communities.