Composite resin provides an excellent alternative to traditional silver, or amalgam, fillings. Your dentist in Tysons, VA offers aesthetic, metal-free tooth-colored fillings at Avanti Dentistry. Composite resin can restore new cavities, replace old silver dental work, and even make minor cosmetic improvements to flawed front teeth.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
A cavity is an actual hole in your tooth. It is caused by the acids left behind by what you eat and drink. To bring your tooth back to its original health, your dentist needs to remove the decay and fill the cavity. Silver has been used to fill cavities for decades, but composite resin provides a better, more aesthetically appealing alternative.
Also known as white, or composite fillings, tooth-colored fillings restore a tooth after minor decay with a natural-looking composite resin. The resin is made from smooth glass and plastic particles, and comes with a precise color-matching guide. White fillings blend flawlessly with the surrounding tooth enamel.
Tooth Colored vs. Silver Fillings
For their numerous advantages over the silver alternative, tooth-colored fillings are becoming the standard in dental care. Some of the most significant differences between white and silver fillings include…
- Composite resin is virtually undetectable against surrounding tooth enamel.
- Because they bond with the tooth rather than being cemented on top, tooth-colored fillings restore strength by up to 90%.
- Tooth-colored fillings dry within minutes under the UV light. Silver fillings may take up to 12 hours to fully set.
Like those made of amalgam, tooth-colored fillings can be expected to last for many years after their application. Your dentist will check in on the health and stability of your existing fillings during regularly-scheduled appointments.
The Metal-Free Option
The FDA has approved the use of dental amalgam in dentistry, but some patients are concerned about the slight risk for mercury exposure with their existing silver fillings. Filling replacement is an option. For new cavities, composite resin provides a biocompatible, metal-free option from the start.
Other patients choose to have their fillings replaced because they are tired of showing silver spots when they smile, speak, and laugh. Preventive replacement may be a good option for avoiding chips, breaks, or leaks that silver fillings can hide, even on an x-ray. You and your dentist can fully discuss the possible advantages of having your fillings replaced.
Composite Bonding for Flawed Front Teeth
In addition to filling new cavities and replacing old silver dental work, tooth-colored fillings can improve the size, shape, color, and overall appearance of the teeth that show when you smile. To fix minor chips, slight gaps, and persistent stains, your dentist applies the composite resin directly to the tooth and artfully sculpts its new shape. Pain-free and completed in just one visit to the dentist, composite bonding is an excellent alternative to more expensive, invasive cosmetic procedures.
Tooth-colored fillings in Tysons VA are available from the skilled team at Avanti Dental. To discuss an upcoming treatment or to schedule a new appointment for tooth-colored fillings or composite bonding, please contact us today!