A tooth filling, or dental filling, is a common restorative treatment for cavities – holes that form in your tooth structure as a result of tooth decay. At Stephens Gatewood & Associates, we provide tooth-colored fillings that uphold your tooth’s natural appearance while restoring its strength and integrity. Unlike metal fillings, tooth-colored restorations (made from composite resin or dental ceramic) also reduce your risk of excessive wear and/or incurring damage to your other teeth.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Without a filling, a cavity will continue to grow and consume your tooth structure until there is no longer enough left to save. Compared to metal fillings, tooth-colored composite offers a number of advantages when it comes to saving your tooth and warding off tooth decay, including:
- Discretion: As the name suggests, tooth-colored fillings are designed to blend in with your tooth rather than stand out sharply like shiny metal fillings. The composite resin material used for the fillings is also commonly used for a number of different cosmetic enhancements due to its lifelike appearance.
- Comfort: Over time, metal can change shape, which can cause your tooth to become sensitive and may eventually damage it. Resin and ceramic, however, retain their shapes and do not harm your tooth.
- Performance: Also unlike metal, composite resin and ceramic can be securely bonded to your tooth structure, creating a tight seal that blocks infectious oral bacteria from entering your tooth’s interior.
- Improved dental health: Because they can protect your tooth longer and more effectively, tooth-colored fillings reduce the risk of further decay and the potential need for root canal therapy or tooth extraction.
If you have a cavity, or have had a cavity treated with an older metal filling, then ask your dentist about the benefits of more lifelike, tooth-colored fillings. Schedule an appointment by calling our Spring, TX, dentist’s office near you.