Often referred to as metal free dentistry, tooth-colored fillings are undeniable proof that science can be artfully applied to cosmetic dentistry. You no longer have to be self-conscious showing your smile with traditional gold and silver amalgam fillings. Now you can smile with confidence as you show off your perfectly blended tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings use a composite resin material to restore and protect decayed teeth. Advances in composite resins have led to the increased strength of tooth-colored fillings and allows them to be used successfully for front and back teeth. The composite material used in tooth-colored fillings can also be applied to changing the color of teeth and reshaping disfigured teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are done in one visit, with a procedure much like that for metal amalgam fillings, except that a curing light is used to bond the composite material to the tooth.
Health Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings contain about 50 percent mercury. Some believe mercury toxicity has been linked to certain medical conditions. This has prompted a movement toward mercury-free dentistry. The debate is ongoing but many patients are opting to remove their amalgam fillings in order to improve their appearance and ease their minds.
Replacing Amalgam Fillings
When a new cavity needs filling, most patients choose tooth-colored composite fillings. Many patients are now also opting for the replacement of their amalgam fillings. This allows them to improve their appearance by removing unsightly silver fillings and replacing them with tooth-colored composite fillings. This simple procedure is an easy way to make a big difference in your smile.
For more information about tooth-colored fillings, contact our offices in Great Neck and Hicksville, Long Island.