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5 Amazing Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

May 24, 2022

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Digital image of a tooth-colored filling in NewtonMetal fillings have been used for generations to treat tooth decay because they are affordable and effective. Although they’ve been a go-to solution for decades, there’s another option. Tooth-colored fillings blend in with your enamel, improving the health and appearance of your smile, but the benefits don’t end there. Whether you need to replace an old filling or you have new decay, here are 5 reasons to consider a natural-looking solution. 

1. Metal and Mercury-Free

Amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of metals, including mercury. Although the American Dental Association deems them safe, many people are concerned about the long-term effects of mercury exposure. Not to mention, some people have sensitivities to metals. You can skip the risks of mercury and avoid potential allergic reactions with tooth-colored fillings. They are made of a composite material, creating a biocompatible solution that’s free of all metals. 

2. Look Natural

You won’t have to worry about your filling sticking out like a sore thumb when smiling. The composite resin used to treat your tooth is shaded to match the color of your enamel. Only a trained dental professional will know it isn’t part of your natural tooth structure. You can smile confidently, knowing a filling isn’t drawing unwanted attention to your teeth. 

3. Preserve Tooth Structure

Unlike metal fillings, tooth-colored options don’t require wedges to be cut into your tooth to support it. As a result, you’ll retain more of your tooth’s natural structure using a minimally invasive method. 

4. Durable, Long-Term Solution

Although they aren’t made of metal, the fillings are durable. On average, they last for about 5 to 10 years before needing to be replaced, but it’s not uncommon for them to last for much longer. You can safeguard your investment by committing to your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. It’s best to limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks. Your dentist will recommend breaking any bad habits that can damage the filling, like chewing on your nails or using your teeth in place of scissors. 

5. Affordable Method

Every dental insurance plan differs, but most offer coverage for tooth-colored fillings. You can use your benefits to lower the amount you’ll pay out-of-pocket. Your dental office will help you maximize your annual coverage to keep a healthy smile within your budget. 

Don’t Settle for Less Than the Best

Advancements in dentistry provide more options than ever to enhance the health, appearance, and function of your smile. If you need a filling, don’t choose an outdated method. Instead, invest in the best with a tooth-colored solution. 

About Dr. Shiloh D. Lindsey

Dr. Lindsey earned her dental degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry before continuing her training in many advanced studies, like cosmetic dentistry. She strives to help each patient achieve their best smile. If you are interested in a tooth-colored filling, contact our office today to request your consultation. 

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