One of the most common and well-known dental care treatments involves filling cavities. You've probably had some dental fillings placed at one time or another during your life. If you're older, they were more than likely metal dental fillings. Things have changed over the years, however. Thanks to new advances in dental care technology, more and more people are getting white fillings, which combine the benefits of restorative and cosmetic dental care. Combining restorative and cosmetic dentistry means enhancing the beauty of your smile while also ensuring good dental health.
Right now, we would like to consider the many benefits of getting tooth-colored dental fillings. You may be surprised how great these white, ceramic fillings are when compared to the metal fillings of the past.
Also known as white fillings and composite fillings, tooth-colored dental fillings are made of special ceramic materials that are carefully set in the teeth. When in place and fully hardened, the tooth-colored dental fillings serve the same purpose as metal fillings: they restore the compromised structure of a tooth addled by decay.
One of the most obvious advantages of tooth-colored dental fillings is that they are white. When in place, no one will be able to tell that you have received a dental filling. They are just that seamless.
Metal fillings of the past often contained mercury, which is highly toxic and can potentially affect your overall health and wellness. By comparison, tooth-colored dental fillings do not contain any harmful substances, allowing you to experience excellent general wellness.
Another problem with metal dental fillings is that they could warp slightly with fluctuations of temperature. This means expanding a little bit with heat and contracting a little bit with cold. Over time, this could result in small amounts of damage (such as cracks) to otherwise healthy tooth structure.
The benefits of tooth-colored dental fillings actually go all the way back to the preparation process. Placing tooth-colored dental fillings involves removal of less healthy tooth structure from a tooth. The more natural tooth structure that remains in place, the better this is overall for patient health in the long run.
In addition to tooth-colored fillings, there are many other treatments that may be very helpful. There are other kinds of tooth-colored dental restorations, for example, including tooth-colored inlays and onlays, and even porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns. If a patient loses teeth, they can get bridges or dentures, and these appliances can be held in place with dental implants. Dental implants provide a level of stability comparable to natural tooth roots and also prevent issues with bone loss and gum recession.
During a consultation at our practice, we will be more than happy to go over all of these matters with you in greater detail.
For more information about tooth-colored dental fillings and your many other options for advanced dental health and wellness, be sure to contact our Jefferson City cosmetic dentistry practice today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make smart choices about your health and wellness.