Tooth-colored fillings don't just restore teeth damaged by tooth decay but also provide several important advantages. Centralia, WA, dentists Drs. Steven Ash and Brian Roberts of Ash & Roberts, DDS explain how you benefit when you receive the fillings.
What are tooth-colored fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings blend in with the natural color of your teeth, making your fillings practically invisible. They're made of composite resin, a substance created by mixing durable plastic resin with powdered glass. Composite resin is available in a variety of shades to ensure that your dental work isn't noticeable.
What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings not only look better but are also better for your teeth. When you have a cavity, some of the healthy tooth structure surrounding the decayed area must be removed in order to prepare the tooth for the filling. Although the filling process prevents decay from worsening and spreading, it also weakens your tooth slightly. Tooth-colored fillings only require the removal of a small amount of healthy tooth structure, unlike silver amalgam fillings. Removing the smallest amount of tooth structure possible is the key to strong teeth.
Composite resin doesn't just fill the hole in your tooth, but actually strengthens it. The material bonds to your tooth just seconds after it's applied in our Centralia office. Tooth-colored fillings also reduce the risk that your tooth will crack. Silver amalgam fillings constantly expand and contract when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. Unfortunately, the continual expansion and contraction can eventually cause a crack to form in your tooth. Cracks increase the risk of a broken tooth or a new cavity in the tooth. Because composite resin doesn't expand or contract when exposed to temperature changes, it's an excellent choice for fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings offer an excellent way to restore and protect your teeth. If you have a toothache or it's been a while since your last dental exam, call Centralia, WA, dentists Drs. Steven Ash and Brian Roberts of Ash & Roberts, DDS at (360) 736-8380 to schedule your appointment.