Tooth-Colored Fillings in Elma, NY
Even if you take excellent care of your teeth with regular dental visits, proper hygiene, and a healthy diet, you may still develop a cavity. When this happens, we need to take care of the problem as soon as possible to prevent more damage and protect your teeth.
At Springbrook Family Dentistry, our goal is to improve your oral health by providing you with affordable, conservative dental treatments. Tooth-colored composite fillings allow us to create a durable restoration that blends beautifully with your natural teeth.
Reasons to Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings
Until recently, metallic (amalgam) fillings were the only option we had to fill a cavity and provide a stronger, healthier tooth. Today we can fill cavities using tooth-colored fillings that restore your tooth and look completely natural.
Dr. Finney chooses tooth-colored composites for a number of reasons:
One of the main reasons our patients prefer composite fillings over amalgam is that they can be made to closely match a tooth’s natural color. These restorations blend perfectly with surrounding dental enamel, and you really won’t be able to see the repair – just a beautiful, healthy tooth.
Amalgam fillings, on the other hand, can appear as dark spots on white dental enamel. In addition, amalgam fillings gradually discolor teeth over time, causing teeth to take on a darker, bluish hue.
Since tooth-colored fillings blend so perfectly with your smile, we can also use them to address a number of cosmetic dental concerns:
- Create seamless fillings for teeth that show when you smile
- Fill uneven gaps and spaces between teeth
- Repair broken or cracked teeth
- Fill in minor chips
- Alter the shape of irregular teeth
Tooth-colored fillings repair the damage, look great, and strengthen the tooth. The process we use to place composite fillings bonds the material securely to the tooth structure. This increases the overall strength of the tooth being restored.
On the other hand, amalgam fillings just sit in the space inside your tooth and don’t bond to your natural teeth. Over time, the amalgam filling can break down and pull away from the edges of the tooth’s natural enamel. This creates a space where bacteria can collect, leading to more serious dental problems that may, unfortunately, require a root canal to fix.
Learn More about Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored composite fillings are incredibly popular with our patients because they look clean and natural and don’t create the problems associated with amalgam fillings. We choose them because they’re another tool we have for improving and protecting your oral health in a conservative way.
If you would like to learn more about our tooth-colored fillings, please call our Elma dental office to schedule a convenient appointment.