At Joel R. Koch, DDS, we combine functional dentistry with esthetics to deliver healthy and cosmetically pleasing outcomes. One example of this is our use of tooth-colored composite fillings.
You deserve a healthy, beautiful smile without the inconvenience of costly and complex treatments. Our tooth-colored fillings are a cost-effective way to keep your teeth healthy and correct certain cosmetic dental problems.
Until recently, metallic (amalgam) fillings were the only option we had to fill a cavity and provide a stronger, healthier tooth. Amalgam is still a safe and effective material for use in certain situations, but today we can fill cavities using tooth-colored fillings that restore your tooth and look completely natural.
One of the main reasons our patients choose composite fillings is that they can be customized to closely match a tooth’s natural color. These restorations blend perfectly with surrounding dental enamel, and you won’t be able to see the repair—just a beautiful, healthy tooth.
When used on teeth that are visible when you smile, amalgam fillings 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 look so natural, we can use them for a procedure called dental bonding, which has many cosmetic uses:
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, which increases the overall strength of the tooth being restored.
On the other hand, amalgam fillings sit in the space inside your tooth and do not bond to your natural teeth. Over a long period of 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.
Tooth-colored composite fillings are very popular with our patients because they look clean and natural and don’t create the esthetic problems associated with amalgam fillings. We choose them because they’re another tool we have for improving and protecting your oral health in a healthy, conservative way. If you have a damaged tooth, we'll be happy to talk to you about composite fillings or other options that may be more appropriate for you.
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