Are you self-conscious about your silver fillings? Do your silver fillings prevent you from laughing out loud? We’re no longer living in the age where metal fillings were your only option if you had to fill cavities. Nowadays we can fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings.
WHAT ARE TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS?
Tooth-colored fillings are called composite fillings. They are made out of a combination of resin and glass, and as the name says, they are the same color as teeth. They are used to restore decaying teeth, but also for aesthetic reasons by changing the color of teeth or reshaping misshapen teeth.
HOW ARE TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS APPLIED?
Your dentist will apply your tooth-colored filling in layers. Each layer needs to harden before the next layer can be applied. The dentist uses a special light to harden each layer. The filling is then shaped to fit your tooth, and finally, it is polished.
ARE TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS EXPENSIVE?
On average, tooth-colored fillings cost about $40 more than metal fillings. The cost of the filling will differ depending on how easily the filling can be applied. For example, a filling for a tooth that is hard to reach or chipped will cost more than a filling for a more easily accessible tooth. Furthermore, if you tend to grind your teeth or chew hard foods, stronger materials will need to be used, which will also cost more. Different dentists charge different amounts for tooth-colored fillings, so the best is to talk to your dentist honestly about different pricing options.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS?
The major benefit is that it is more aesthetically pleasing than metal fillings. They are hardly visible and can boost your confidence if you don’t have to worry about people seeing the fillings in your teeth when you laugh. Other advantages include:
- A more natural look – composite fillings blend in with the surrounding tooth tissue and are inconspicuous.
- It has an improved texture which makes it more easy for dentists to sculpt
- They naturally adhere to tooth tissue which means that the dentist doesn’t have to remove as much of the existing tooth material
- Teeth treated with composite fillings are almost as strong as their natural strength.
- They are potentially safer as some patients have an allergic reaction to metal fillings while there have been no known allergic reactions to composite fillings.
WHAT ARE THE DOWNSIDES OF TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS?
The major disadvantage of tooth-colored composite fillings is that they don’t last as long as metal fillings, especially in larger cavities. Another disadvantage is that they may discolor if you eat or drink a lot of tooth-staining foods or beverages like tea or coffee.
TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS WITH SMILES NEW YORK
If you want to replace your metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings, talk to our experienced and professional dentists at Smiles New York for an expert consultation. Tooth-colored fillings aren’t for everyone, but our dentists will give you the best advice regarding your fillings. Contact us at 212 929 9191 or make an appointment online for a consultation.