In the past, metallic amalgam fillings were your best restorative option. As a compound of mercury, silver, tin, zinc, and copper, amalgam is very strong and durable, but it definitely has downsides, including the dark, silvery appearance and the need to remove more of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the filling. Getting cavities filled could mean noticeable dots throughout your smile.
But today, we at JL Dental use a better, more modern kind of filling material that is colored to match your tooth’s enamel and restore your smile’s beauty, function, and health.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, which is a compound of ceramic and plastic materials. This advanced type of filling has many advantages over amalgam, including the following:
To start with, your dentist in Arnold applies a local anesthetic and numbs the affected area. After the tooth decay has been cleaned out, your tooth has a gaping hole in it that needs to be filled. They place the resin into the cavity in layers, hardening each layer with a special light. They then sculpt the resin to the desired shape, remove the excess material, and polish the final product. The process is that simple, painless, and quick.
Whether you have a cavity that needs to be fixed, or you have old amalgam fillings and want them replaced to improve the appearance of your teeth, we can help restore your brilliant, healthy smile with tooth-colored fillings. Contact us for an appointment today!