Nobody likes having to get a filling at the dentist, that’s a given. But, fillings have come a long way since you were a kid. They now have fillings that are the same color as teeth so when you open your mouth, you do not see the gray metallic look of long ago fillings. Here at Shine Dental, we take your oral hygiene very thoughtfully and seriously. We try and educate you on the importance of daily brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings, so you do not have to get any fillings in the first place! If you do need a filling, the following will assist you in determining why you should choose tooth colored fillings.
One major reason why both patients and dentists choose tooth colored fillings is due to the durability and strength the filling gives your damaged tooth. Tooth colored fillings, or composite resin, gives your damaged tooth more firmness as it fits in your tooth more securely than metallic fillers. It becomes as firm as your original tooth after it has completely hardened. Another benefit is that it helps keep out bacteria better than the old amalgam (mixture of metals) fillings.
Make sure to speak with our trained general dentist and staff and let them review all the options with you regarding our dental services, including tooth colored fillings over metal fillings.
Another important reason patients and dentists alike choose to use composite resin over a metallic filling is for the aesthetics. If you want to talk, sing or even yawn without everyone around you noticing that you have a mouthful of fillings, then tooth colored fillings are the way to go. Composite resin is every bit as durable as amalgam, but it is not as unappealing and unattractive as metal fillings. An added benefit of tooth colored fillings is that they can be stained the same shade as your natural teeth!
While waiting both before and after your dental visit, you can lounge in comfort in our modern rooms that are equipped with both flat-screen televisions as well as wi-fi for your enjoyment.
The last reason that dentists use composite resin over amalgam is due to safety concerns. Composite resin does not contain mercury as metal fillings do. Since composite resin is composed of material that does not contain any harmful substances, it does not pose a safety risk whatsoever. Since metal is also sensitive to temperature changes and can expand and contract within you tooth, you are more at risk to have your tooth fracture or crack if a metal filling was used.
We do have sedation available for family members that are anxious about their visit. We will work at your pace to keep you comfortable the entire time, and we will give you the smile you always wanted!
As you can see, there are multiple reasons to choose tooth colored fillings for your next cavity repair. Whether you choose the tooth colored filling for safety reasons, the look of it, or due to its strength, just know you have chosen wisely, and your teeth will thank you!
Our professional and skilled team members at Shine Dental are ready to care for you and your entire family. We take most major dental insurance and have interest free financing available, so there is no reason to wait to set up your appointment time.
In as little as two visits, Shine Dental will get you your smile back! We have specialists on staff, as well as an on-site dental lab so all of your dental needs will be met under one roof.
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