What are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are a special type of dental filling used to treat cavities and mild forms of tooth decay. Bonded directly to the surface of your tooth, dental fillings literally fill in the space left by removed tooth decay in order to restore tooth integrity and shape. In the past, a wide variety of materials were used for dental fillings, including amalgam, or metal, fillings. Thanks to advances in dental technology, we are proud to offer tooth-colored dental fillings in Mobile, Alabama.

 

What is the difference between amalgam and tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings, made from a durable plastic material, offer many benefits when compared to other types of dental fillings. First, Dr. Valerie H. Musial, is able to pick a shade of composite resin that will perfectly match your existing smile. Because of this, we are able to maintain the attractive aesthetic of your natural smile. Tooth-colored fillings are also completely integrated with your original tooth structure, sealing the gap between the tooth and the filling for added strength and protection. Amalgam fillings have a risk of discoloring your tooth and causing it to crack or break. These risks do not exist with tooth-colored fillings.

 

If you are interested in using tooth-colored fillings to repair tooth decay, we invite you to contact us at Musial Dental Center today. We are happy to answer your questions and schedule your appointment with our friendly dental team.