By Thiells Dentistry
June 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Silver amalgam fillings offer an effective way to fill teeth damaged by decay, but they aren't the most attractive restoration. Tooth-colored fillingsfillings offer another option. Our Pomona, Stony Point and Rockland County, NY, family dentist, Dr. Michael Bleyzer, shares a few benefits of tooth-colored fillings.

A more natural appearance

Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, a material that is tinted to match the most common tooth shades. When your teeth are filled with composite resin instead of silver amalgam, you won't reveal a flash of silver to everyone in Pomona, Stony Point and Rockland County every time you laugh or smile.

During the filling procedure, a certain amount of healthy tooth structure is removed in addition to decayed structure. Less healthy structure must be removed when you have a composite resin filling, which means your teeth stay stronger. The larger the amount of tooth structure removed, the higher the likelihood that your tooth will weaken and become susceptible to cracking and breaking. Composite resin bonds to your teeth and actually strengthens them.

No changes in color

Discoloration isn't a problem when your fillings are the same shade as your teeth.

Reduced risk of cracking

Because silver amalgam fillings are made of metal, they expand and contract when exposed to hot or cold foods and beverages. Expansion and contraction can eventually cause your tooth to crack. Unfortunately, if the crack isn't noticed promptly and covered with a crown, your tooth may break when you take a bite of food one day. Composite resin doesn't expand or contract no matter what you eat or drink. You'll never have to worry that your tooth-colored filling will eventually damage your tooth.

Tooth-colored fillings offer important advantages that you may want to consider the next time you need a filling. Call Pomona, Stony Point and Rockland County, NY, family dentist, Dr. Bleyzer, at (845) 429-8060 if you're concerned about a tooth or would like to learn more bout tooth-colored fillings.

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