Dental fillings are common dental procedures, and for many years, silver amalgam was the standard. Back then, people self-consciously guarded their smiles for fear of revealing their fillings. With tooth-colored fillings, feeling self-conscious is no longer an issue.
Of course, the best practice for the patient would always be to stay on top of their oral hygiene to prevent cavities from forming in the first place. However, we are aware that life doesn't always work this way, and tooth cavities happen to most of us.
Sometimes, even with diligent brushing and flossing, cavities form from the foods and beverages we consume.
Also called a composite filling, a tooth-colored filling will color-match the tooth, giving it the appearance of a whole and healthy tooth. These fillings allow our patients to smile without feeling self-conscious.
The Advantages of Composite Fillings
Matching the color of the tooth is not the only advantage that composite has over traditional fillings:
- Composite fillings form a better bond with tooth enamel, meaning that composite fillings require your Winchester dentist to remove less tooth structure for the filling to be put into place. Composite fillings are typically less likely to come loose or dislodge.
- Composite is prone to expansion and contraction due to change in temperature, reducing both the sensitivity to temperature change and the risk of cracking the tooth.
- Composite resin can be repurposed to conceal tooth flaws and discoloration through a method called dental bonding.
Should I Replace My Silver Fillings with a Tooth-Colored Option?
If the fillings are still in good working order, there is no rush to replace them with composite resin unless you prefer tooth-colored fillings as many patients do.
For some patients, the idea of having a silver-free mouth is enticing, and they often consider having their fillings replaced for cosmetic purposes.
Schedule a time to meet with one of our dentists to discuss whether removing your old silver fillings and replacing them with the more modern option is the right move for you.
For Tooth-Colored Fillings in Winchester, KY, Contact Us
If you're looking for a local dentist who can help you manage your oral care needs, look no further.
Through their dental practice, Dr. Powe, Dr. Hall, and Dr. Peavler provide years of education and expert experience to the greater Winchester, KY area.
If you are interested in learning more about tooth-colored fillings or have questions about replacing older dental fillings, please contact us today.
We are a no judgment dental office, so even if you haven't been to the dentist in years, don't let embarrassment keep you away. There is no time like the present to get on top of your dental care and realize your healthiest smile.