Tooth Colored Fillings
Do you need fillings for current decay? Are you unhappy with metal fillings already in place? Do you want to make sure that your smile is restored in both beauty and health? If so, then tooth-colored fillings are right for you.
At Grapevine Dental Care, we only use tooth-colored fillings, since metal fillings are outdated and potentially unhealthy. To have your teeth restored with tooth-colored fillings for cosmetic or health reasons, please call us at (817) 481-6888 or email Grapevine Dental Care in Grapevine today.
Two Kinds of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings come in two different types. The first and most common type of filling is the composite filling. This type of filling is a plastic material that has ceramic in it to help give it additional strength. It begins as a putty that can be shaped to create a filling that has a tight seal with your tooth. Once it is applied, a curing light is used to cause it to solidify. It can then be polished so that it looks just like your natural tooth material. Sometimes, multiple layers are necessary if you are trying to have a larger cavity filled.
Ceramic fillings, also called porcelain inlays or onlays, are another type of tooth-colored filling. In this type of filling, a digital impression of your tooth is made. This is then sent to the dental lab, where the filling is made from an advanced ceramic that is highly durable and looks just like your natural tooth material. This is then sent to us, and we will bond it in place.
Dental bonding is an alternate use of composite filling material. Instead of filling cavities, the filling is used to reshape your tooth. It is applied to your tooth and shaped to give the desired appearance, then it is cured and polished as when it used as a filling.
Dental bonding can be used to correct:
- Chipped teeth
- Poorly shaped or small teeth
- Tooth gaps
Dental bonding is a quality option that’s relatively inexpensive, but it doesn’t result in the high quality appearance or durability that can be achieved with porcelain veneers.
Should I Replace My Metal Fillings?
This is a common question that people ask, and the truth is, it’s hard to know. We know that metal fillings contain mercury. We know that the mercury leaves the fillings and enters the body either by evaporating and being inhaled, or migrating through the tooth enamel into the bloodstream. We don’t, however, know how harmful metal fillings may be.
We also know that metal fillings are unattractive, which gives many people all the reason they need to remove them.