Composite Fillings (Tooth-Colored Fillings)
We use natural-looking, tooth-colored fillings to replace dark alloy fillings, mercury fillings or other ugly, discolored fillings that have aged. Composite fillings are made from durable plastics that are similar in color to natural teeth. Because the composite fillings are tooth-colored, they look more natural and are less noticeable compared to other types of fillings. Once you’ve had tooth-colored fillings, you’ll never want to go back to silver-mercury amalgam.
White Fillings are Perfect For:
- Chipped or broken front teeth
- Cavities near the gumlines
- Exposed root surfaces
- Areas that show when you smile
- Replacing silver fillings
Advantages of Composites
- Aesthetics. Unlike metal or amalgam (silver) fillings, composite fillings look like a natural tooth. We blend the color to match your other teeth. This makes composites ideal for front teeth, where an amalgam filling would be unattractive. Composites can be shaped to resemble a real tooth.
- Support. Composite fillings bond with the tooth, offering support to a tooth weakened by decay. In addition, less tooth needs to be removed to prepare for the composite filling as compared to an amalgam filling. Tooth material should be preserved whenever possible as it may be useful in future restorations.
- Thermal Stresses. Amalgam fillings are more likely to expand and contract when exposed to hot and cold foods, leading to cracks. The insulating qualities of composite fillings offer more protection from destructive temperature swings.
- Good Durability. Composite fillings are durable and resistant to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings. When composite fillings were first introduced, they weren’t strong enough for back teeth where grinding and chewing exerts more force. However, in the past decade, the durability of composites has improved.
- Versatility. In addition to filling cavities, the composite material can repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
What are the Disadvantages of Tooth Color Filling?
- Composite fillings may cost more than amalgam fillings (a stable alloy tooth filling made of about 43 percent to 54 percent mercury with other metals)
- They may take longer to place in the tooth.
- Composite fillings may stain over time.
If you live in or around Flower Mound, call or schedule an appointment today.