The Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings

Jan 14, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — by Neil L. Starr, DDS

Woman tilting her head and laughing, revealing her teeth (but not her fillings, thanks to the fact that they are tooth-colored)It’s surprising how many people continue to think of modern restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry as being completely separate entities. In actuality, there is significant overlap between the two types of dental care. Most cosmetic dentistry offers considerable oral health benefits, while all restorative dentistry has a substantial cosmetic component.

Take, for instance, the dental filling. Dental fillings are among the oldest, most time-tested of all treatments in dentistry, right? But while they did their job admirably in terms of restoring function to the mouth, they certainly didn’t look so hot. People with multiple fillings might be hesitant to open their mouths for fear of flashing the conspicuous metal that lined their teeth.

That was the past. Today’s fillings are made of tooth-colored materials that are as strong and durable as they are aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Neil L. Starr is pleased to offer tooth-colored fillings to patients whose teeth have been structurally compromised and are in need of restoration. They emerge from treatment with their oral health intact and their smiles attractive and complete.

We invite you to read about the following tooth-colored filling benefits provided by Washington, DC restorative and cosmetic dentist Neil L. Starr, and then contact our practice today to schedule your initial consultation.

What Are the Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings offer a variety of benefits, especially compared to their silver amalgam counterparts of the past. The many benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:

  • Improved stability when exposed to extreme temperatures: Silver amalgam and other metal fillings expand and contract when exposed to temperatures at either extreme. This can cause them to fracture or even become dislodged. Tooth-colored fillings also expand and contract when exposed to hot and cold temperatures, but to a much lesser degree. The risk of their breaking or coming loose is therefore very slim, comparatively.
  • A lack of mercury: Tooth-colored fillings are free from mercury, unlike silver amalgam fillings. While there is no definitive evidence that the amount of mercury present in conventional fillings poses any dangers to humans, the fact remains that mercury is toxic. Why voluntarily put a toxic substance in your mouth when a perfectly viable alternative is available?
  • Strength and durability: At one point, tooth-colored fillings were (rightfully) considered not to be as strong or as durable as metal fillings. The materials used in modern tooth-colored fillings have advanced to the degree that this is no longer the case.
  • Aesthetic appeal: And, of course, tooth-colored fillings simply look better than metal fillings. They blend inconspicuously into virtually any smile so that they will be undetectable when you smile or speak. You will enjoy all of the oral health benefits of traditional metal fillings without compromising the beauty of your smile one iota.

Learn More about the Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings

If you would like to learn more about the many benefits of tooth-colored fillings, or you want to schedule your initial appointment with Dr. Neil L. Starr, we encourage you to contact our restorative and cosmetic dentistry practice today.

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