The standard of care for many years for tooth restorations was amalgam fillings. Inherently amalgam has several detrimental issues including
- Corrosion at the filling/tooth interface which causes leakage and recurrent decay.
- Expansion – over time amalgam fillings expand and put pressure on the existing tooth structure. If the tooth wall is thin, fractures are a common occurrence.
- Grey appearance – amalgam will shine through thin outside walls of teeth creating an unsightly, unaesthetic condition.
No longer do you have to be uncomfortable showing your smile with 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.