Why Dentists Usually Prefer Tooth-Colored Fillings

Nearly everyone experiences a cavity at some point in their lives, but not every cavity treatment is the same. Depending on the extent of your tooth decay and how long it’s been left untreated, a cavity is best addressed with customized treatment designed specifically for your dental concerns. In many cases, however, a cavity can be effectively restored with a tooth-colored filling, which dentists often prefer over more conventional metal amalgam ones thanks to their many immediate and long-term benefits.

They’re biocompatible

Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin that includes finely ground acrylic (with no BPA) and quartz-like particles. Unlike metal, these materials are highly biocompatible, meaning they don’t disturb, damage, or wear down your natural, healthy tooth structure. This means your filling will not only restore your tooth, but also help preserve the health and integrity of your other teeth, as well.

They blend in discreetly

The most notable benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they blend in with your tooth’s natural, healthy color, which means your filling will remain virtually undetectable. This allows you to smile confidently again even after experiencing a cavity, with the knowledge that your tooth is restored and neither the cavity or the filling are visible.

They reduce your risks of further decay

The point of a filling isn’t just to restore your tooth, but also protect it against infection from oral bacteria in the future. By conforming to your cavity’s shape and adhering tightly to the tooth structure, a tooth-colored filling offers optimal protection against further decay, which reduces your risks of needing more extensive treatment, such as root canal therapy or tooth extraction.

Ask Your Dentist About a Tooth-Colored Filling

If you have a cavity, then your dentist may recommend a tooth-colored filling over a metal one for its numerous cosmetic and restorative benefits. To learn more, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Colonial Verde Dental building, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.