Metal-Free Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you had cavities as a child (or even more recently), you may have gray spots on your teeth from the metal fillings they used. Depending on where these are located, you may feel self-conscious about laughing or smiling wide. As these fillings age, you may also experience problems with them becoming loose, which could cause them to fall out or allow you to develop further cavities and decay behind the filling.
At our Roseville dental office, we use safe, aesthetic, and reliable 100% metal-free tooth-colored fillings. These fillings allow us to effectively fill your cavities without leaving any markings or discolorations to remind you of your cavities.
The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
While metal fillings were an effective way to fix cavities for years, advancing dental technology has provided us with an even better way to repair the damage caused by cavities. One of our goals is to always provide our patients with the safest, most reliable, and most effective dental care possible, and that’s why we prefer tooth-colored composite resin fillings.
The most obvious advantage that tooth-colored fillings have over metal fillings is aesthetic. Composite resin fillings can be blended to perfectly match the natural shade of your teeth, rendering them virtually invisible. Only a dentist will be able to tell that you have had fillings placed. With composite fillings, you’ll never be afraid to flash your smile again.
The advantages don’t stop there. Other ways that tooth-colored fillings are superior to metal fillings include:
- Tooth-colored fillings require less cavity prep prior to filling, which means that more of your healthy tooth structure remains intact.
- Like any other metal, metal fillings expand and contract in response to changes in temperature, which can cause them to become loose or fall out in time. You won’t have this problem with composite resin fillings.
- Because of the way they are placed, composite resin fillings actually bond to your tooth and help to support it from the inside. This is especially important when we’ve had to fill a larger cavity or perform a root canal.
- When composite resin fillings are used during a root canal, you won’t have to worry about your tooth becoming discolored in the process.
What Causes Cavities?
Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent solution to the problem of dental cavities, but ideally we’d like to prevent you from developing cavities in the first place. You know that brushing your teeth prevents cavities from developing, but do you know why?
Your mouth is always full of bacteria. When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, the saliva in your mouth begins to convert the carbohydrates down to their simplest form that your body can use – sugar. The bacteria in your mouth love sugar, and the sugar, bacteria, and saliva create a film that coats your teeth called plaque. As the bacteria in the plaque consume the sugar, they excrete an acid, which eventually erodes your teeth. When the erosion creates a pit in your tooth, this is a cavity.
Preventing cavities can be as simple as brushing your teeth thoroughly with a fluoride toothpaste (which prevents cavities by strengthening your enamel), but because it’s almost impossible for even the most dedicated brusher to completely remove all the plaque from all the surfaces of their teeth, it’s also important to visit our office regularly for professional cleanings to remove all traces of plaque and tartar from your teeth as well as examinations so we can catch any cavities that are forming early for simpler treatment.
Call our Roseville dental office today to schedule your cleaning or examination.