Tooth-colored fillings represent one of the highest points of intersection between cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. They combine the aesthetic appeal and natural appearance of the finest cosmetic treatments with the capacity for returning strength, function, and integrity to damaged teeth of tried-and-true restorative procedures. We are pleased to offer tooth-colored fillings among our comprehensive selection of state-of-the-art treatments at Perfect Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
When discussing tooth-colored filling benefits at our Totowa, NJ practice, Dr. Ryan Maher and Dr. Joe Olechowski begin with the most obvious of these benefits: they look remarkably natural. Unlike silver amalgam fillings of the past, tooth-colored fillings blend seamlessly into virtually any smile. However, their benefits don’t end there. In fact, we prefer tooth-colored fillings over their silver amalgam counterparts for several reasons, and aesthetics are just the beginning.
You should never have to choose between a cosmetically appealing smile and a healthy, functional mouth. With tooth-colored fillings, you can have both. To find out whether you are a good candidate for tooth-colored fillings, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Maher or Dr. Olechowski at Perfect Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.
What Are the Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings?
Again, the cosmetic superiority of tooth-colored fillings is definitely the most obvious of the benefits. Tooth-colored fillings are color-matched to complement surrounding teeth and are certainly in a different league altogether from more conspicuous metal fillings in terms of their appearance. However, tooth-colored fillings also offer such benefits as:
- Exceptional strength and durability: There was a time when tooth-colored fillings were considered a poor option, particularly for back teeth, because they were not as strong or as durable as metal fillings. With modern tooth-colored fillings, however, this is no longer the case. We use a high-quality composite resin that, when it hardens, is able to withstand the pressures of chewing even when placed in the back teeth. In fact, our tooth-colored fillings generally last as long as silver amalgam fillings, and in some cases can last even longer.
- Outstanding stability: When metal fillings are exposed to hot and cold temperatures, they have a tendency to expand and contract, which can cause them to become fractured or dislodged. Tooth-colored fillings are far less prone to expansion and contraction and are therefore less likely to become fractured or dislodged.
- Safety you can count on: While the trace amounts of mercury found in silver amalgam fillings have never been proven to be hazardous to human health, it is indisputable that mercury is a toxin. Tooth-colored fillings are entirely mercury free. These are not judgments, but simply facts. If you do not want mercury in your mouth, even in small amounts, then tooth-colored fillings are your best option.
Learn More about the Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, or if you wish to schedule your initial appointment with one of our esteemed dentists, please contact Perfect Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.