A dental filling is used to repair a decayed or damaged tooth. It is often the first and only treatment a tooth needs to restore it back to health. When a patient requires a tooth filling, we recommend tooth-colored fillings. While we still see and sometimes use amalgams, a mixture of metals melted down and used for fillings in teeth, in patients’ mouths, we usually opt to use tooth-colored fillings and even replace amalgam fillings with these more aesthetically pleasing and healthy alternatives.
Tooth-colored fillings are comprised of substances that are closer to your teeth’s genetic composition. The outer structure of the teeth—the enamel—is imitated by today’s modern porcelain. Conversely, the inner portion of the teeth called the dentin has a strong resemblance to the compounds used in creating tooth-colored fillings. Another advantage is that tooth-colored fillings mix and blend more with your teeth as compared to amalgam.
Most significantly, for the amalgam to bond properly with the surface of the enamel the dentist needs to remove more of the natural structure of your tooth before using one of these fillings. Since the tooth-colored fillings composition is closer to your teeth’s natural structure, it creates a better bond and connection to the components of your teeth. In turn, the dentist does not need to remove as much of the enamel to place a tooth-colored filling. This means the bonded filling is also a safer, more comfortable substance to use, especially for smaller fillings on highly visible teeth.
We know that anticipating even a simple filling can cause anxiety. Be assured that the Medgaus Group uses the latest technologies to prevent pain and keep you as comfortable as possible. Your peace of mind, well-being and, of course, beautiful smile are always top of mind here.