Tooth Colored Fillings
Gone are the days where cavities can only be filled with metallic looking amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are useful in their own right but come at the cost of having obvious, visible fillings in your mouth. It is a lot easier to smile when you have confidence that it looks natural and healthy and that is the job of the composite filling.
Composite FillingsComposite fillings are named so because they are made of a composition of filler resin (which is the medium) and quartz. As mentioned they are the same color as most teeth and can easily pass as your natural tooth at passing glance. Only under close scrutiny can you tell that it is not a natural part of the tooth. Composite fillings are not only able to fill in the gaps left by cavities, they are also great options for repairing chipped or cracking teeth and can even be used to repair worn teeth.
Composite fillings are more cost effective than veneers or crowns and can often be used for similar issues as those options. The one drawback that these fillings have compared to veneers and crowns is that they typically have a shorter life expectancy and will need to be replaced more often.
AdvantagesComposite fillings offer a variety of advantages over amalgam, gold, and silver fillings. The most obvious advantage is that they chemically bond to the tooth which lends quite a bit of durability to the tooth and the filling. Due to the way this bond works, significantly less tooth needs to be removed to allow the filling to be successful. This allows more of your natural tooth to be left in-tact. Further, because they are the same color as the tooth they naturally lend themselves to being idea for cavities occurring in the front of the mouth.
DisadvantagesIt can be more work to prepare a tooth for a composite filling. The tooth must remain clean and dry during the filling process which requires significant preparation on our part. Composite filling also may not age or discolor at the same rate as your teeth. That is to say, composite fillings have a lifetime of roughly five to ten years and they can diverge in coloration over time due to a number of different factors.
In order to ensure you are maintaining your fillings properly please make sure to practice proper oral care. Visit Dr. Tufarolo at least twice a year and always brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss at least once a day. Give us a call at (425) 405-6400 to schedule your routine check-up today!