Tooth Color Fillings

Traditionally, silver amalgam —a mixture of silver-tin-copper and mercury—has been used to fill teeth. Today, composite fillings, also known as “tooth color fillings,” are the preferred filling material. Tooth-color fillings are metal-free, natural-looking filling material made from durable plastic mixed with glass, offering an alternative to porcelain veneer. Tooth-color filling can be used as a restorative solution to treat chipped, cracked, discolored, misaligned or decayed teeth.

Before

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after

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ADVANTAGES OF TOOTH COLOR FILLINGS

 

    Aesthetic is the main advantage of tooth-color fillings, as they can be blended to different shades thus matching the actual tooth color. Tooth-color fillings bond to teeth to support the remaining teeth structure and help to prevent breakage while insulating teeth from excessive thermal changes.

DISADVANTAGES OF TOOTH COLOR FILLINGS

 

    On the downside, composite fillings are not as strong as the traditional silver amalgam fillings and can break and wear out relatively easily particularly in surfaces subject to heavy-biting force. Another disadvantage of tooth-color fillings is that they can be stained by food and beverages such as tea, coffee, and/or wine. As with many restorative dental treatments, tooth-color fillings are not permanent and may have to be eventually replaced.