Technological advances in modern dental materials now offer new ways to create smiles that are more natural-looking and anesthetically pleasing. With the development of the virtually invisible tooth-colored fillings, dental patients now have an alternative to the unsightly appearance of silver amalgam fillings.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are frequently referred to as composite fillings and are designed to mimic the natural appearance and color of teeth. They are composed of a composite mixture containing plastic and silica or zircon and blend seamlessly into tooth enamel. Since they are made of tooth-colored materials and are not visible when you talk, smile or eat, they are an ideal solution for anyone looking to enhance their cosmetic appearance.
How are Tooth-Colored Fillings Different From Silver Fillings?
Silver-colored fillings, or amalgams, are composed of about 50 percent mercury, in addition to copper, tin, silver and zinc. These types of fillings are highly noticeable and do not match the natural color of teeth. Since silver fillings are non-bonded, they do not stick to the teeth. Often, this requires the removal of healthy parts of your tooth to accommodate the large space needed to place a silver filling. This can potentially weaken the tooth over time and make it more susceptible to the filling falling out or the tooth breaking.
Since tooth-colored fillings are bonded directly to the tooth, the tooth’s structure is actually stronger with a tooth-colored filling in comparison to a silver filling. This can be attributed to less removal of the healthy part of the tooth and the fact that composite materials are able to bond to teeth adhesively. The tooth is also less likely to fracture over time when a tooth-colored filling is used