The 3 Biggest Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

The thing about cavities is that nearly anyone can develop one at any point in their lives, even when they’re usually strict about practicing good dental hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly. However, sticking to a good preventive dental care routine means that you’re less likely to develop one, or to need extensive treatment if you do. At our Tucson, AZ, dental office, we not only help you and your family prevent cavities, but also help restore your tooth in case one develops. In many cases, we can stop the cavity from progressing and restore your tooth’s health and integrity with a custom, tooth-colored filling.

They’re made from biocompatible resin

Throughout the ages, tooth fillings have been made from a variety of materials. For example, just a couple of decades ago, the most common material was metal amalgam, which many existing fillings still consist of. Today, however, increasingly more patients are benefiting from tooth-colored fillings made out of more biocompatible resin. Unlike amalgam, composite resin doesn’t contain any traces of metal, and it can be tinted to match the unique, natural color of your healthy tooth structure. This also makes them more advantageous for your oral health in several different ways.

They can be customized to your teeth

Because composite dental resin consists of finely ground acrylic and quartz-like particles instead of metal, it can be easily customized to match your smile’s unique esthetic needs. The resin not only matches the color and shade of your healthy tooth structure, but also conforms accurately to the specific shape of your cavity. Once the resin is placed and settles into your cavity completely, we can harden the filling for optimal durability and a more lifelike finish.

They protect teeth better in the long run

The point of a tooth filling isn’t just to fill your cavity, but also to protect the exposed section of your tooth. After being compromised by tooth decay (the condition that leads to cavity development), a tooth’s structure can become more vulnerable to future infection from oral bacteria. To successfully restore and preserve your tooth, a tooth-colored filling can be bonded to your healthy tooth structure more securely, offering optimal protection against becoming infected again.

Learn if you can benefit from a tooth-colored filling

The fact that they’re tooth-colored is only one of many different benefits of composite resin dental fillings. For more information, 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.