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By Dr. Francesco Maratta
May 12, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

A dental filling is used for restoring a tooth that has been ravaged by decay. These days, tooth-colored dental fillings have offered patients and dentists a more attractive and safer substitute for silver amalgam dental fillings. By matching a tooth-colored dental filling with your teeth’s natural color, a skilled dentist, such Dr. Francesco Maratta, here in New Haven Prosthodontics in New Haven, CT, can give you a filling that’s practically invisible.

What are Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings?

Tooth-colored or white dental fillings are fillings made of composite resin material. They have replaced the requirement for silver amalgam fillings when for strengthening areas of a tooth that have sustained damaged due to cavities or decay. They are so popular that most individuals are now having their old silver dental fillings replaced with tooth-colored dental fillings.

What are The Benefits of Composite Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings can provide plenty of benefits over older silver fillings that have mercury and are deemed to be toxic. These benefits include the following:

  • Your dentist will only need to remove a small portion of your tooth’s remaining natural structure when preparing it for the installation of the tooth-colored filling. The hole needed to fill a cavity with a silver amalgam filling is substantially bigger.
  • Composite resin fillings are capable of strengthening and restoring weak teeth, while silver dental fillings could make weak teeth weaker since the metal could contract and expand depending on changes in temperature. This makes the teeth more susceptible to breakage and further damage.
  • There’s less sensitivity and pain after treatment associated with tooth-colored fillings when compared to silver amalgam fillings.
  • Tooth-colored dental fillings help improve your overall oral health without ruining your appearance with very visible and dark dental fillings.

Am I a Candidate for Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings?

While it will be ultimately up to your dentist in New Haven, CT, to determine your candidacy for tooth-colored fillings, ideal candidates for the procedure are those with mild to moderate decay. Individuals with severely infected teeth might require root canal therapy first to fully restore the look and function of the affected tooth. Likewise, those with silver amalgam fillings, provided that their tooth is in generally great shape and has enough natural tooth structure left, could be eligible for tooth-colored composite dental fillings.

Need to Get a Tooth Fixed? Talk to Us About Your Options

Dial (203) 773-1701 to set up a meeting with our dentist, Dr. Francesco Maratta of New Haven Prosthodontics here in New Haven, CT.