Do you have a metal filling in one or more of your teeth and wish they weren’t so obvious? Do you have a cavity that has yet to be treated and want to avoid metal fillings altogether?
Cavities are the result of a condition known as tooth decay, which results when too many oral bacteria are allowed to remain on your teeth for too long. Tooth decay, a progressive infection in your tooth structure, will continue to grow more severe until you treat it. Tooth fillings have long been the preferred way to treat mild to moderate cavities, and today, tooth-colored fillings provide more durable, discreet, and lifelike tooth restoration than ever before.
What Is a Tooth-Colored Filling?
At our office, we prefer to treat cavities using biocompatible, esthetically pleasing, lifelike materials to restore your teeth, including composite resin and ceramic to create tooth-colored fillings. We also remove amalgam fillings while adhering to a strict safety protocol, including rubber dams and high-velocity suction, that prevents any mercury-containing amalgam from entering your system. A tooth-colored filling is made from composite resin that consist of acrylic and quartz-like particles, or ceramic (porcelain) that’s designed to closely mimic your healthy, natural tooth structure. Both materials allow for discreetly treating your cavity without relying on traditional metal amalgam fillings.
The Benefits of Discreet Fillings
- Healthier-looking smile – Tooth-colored fillings preserve the healthy, natural appearance of your smile. Unlike metal fillings, they blend in with your teeth rather than standing out noticeably against them.
- Metal-free restoration – Whether you choose composite resin or ceramic, your tooth-colored filling won’t contain any traces of metal. This makes the restorations safer and more lifelike than traditional fillings have ever been.
- Reduced risks of further decay – When you treat a cavity with a tooth-colored filling, your tooth is less likely to become infected with decay again. The resin or ceramic filling can be tightly bonded to your tooth, preventing oral bacteria from entering the cavity.
Call Us Today to Learn More
If you have a cavity, then treating it with a tooth-colored composite or ceramic filling could be best for your smile’s appearance and your long-term oral health. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.