Tooth-Colored Fillings in Allentown, PA
Dental amalgam (silver filling material) has been used for decades. Until recently, it was the best option for restoring teeth after the removal of decay. While amalgam fillings are still widely used, we now have tooth-colored composite fillings that can be used to create durable, natural-looking restorations.
At Evolve Dental Care, we bring you the highest quality of dentistry by staying current with all latest technology and treatments. In the past, dentistry focused on saving teeth without a lot of regard for appearance. Updated materials like tooth-colored fillings now allow us to provide the important service of keeping your teeth healthy while also enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Tooth-Colored Fillings for Strength and Beauty
When teeth are properly cared for, they’re resilient, and superbly functional. Any material chosen for fillings should mimic the strength and durability of natural teeth under normal biting forces. It should also last a long time in the mouth, be relatively easy to place, and be economical in cost. In the past, amalgam fillings were the best choice to do the job.
Composite resins and dental porcelains are tough, durable materials that have been found to hold up well under years of use. And, unlike traditional amalgam fillings, they can be made to closely match the appearance of natural teeth. The result is restorations, particularly those placed on front teeth, that are virtually undetectable.
Since composite filling material closely mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel, we can also use it to fix esthetic problems like chipped or broken teeth.
Saving Healthy Tooth Structure
Amalgam and composite filling materials are both considered to be safe based on the most up-to-date, reliable evidence available. Each has advantages and disadvantages depending on the type of restoration that’s needed, and Dr. Amir and Dr. Sunny will help you decide which is most appropriate for you.
Fillings made with tooth-colored composite material have some distinct advantages. They blend in with your smile far better than amalgam, and they often require removal of less healthy tooth structure.
Amalgam fillings require preparation of your natural tooth using a process called “undercutting,” which removes healthy tooth structure. Since tooth-colored fillings are bonded directly to the surface of your tooth, we generally don’t need to remove as much natural tooth material. This means a stronger base for rebuilding the tooth’s structure.
Please Contact Evolve Dental Care for More Information
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of using tooth-colored fillings, please give our Allentown dental office a call. We’ll arrange an appointment to examine your teeth, identify the problem, and help you decide if tooth-colored fillings are the best choice for you.