Have a cavity? Gone are the days where metal amalgam fillings were the only solution. At LifeSmiles Dentistry, our Cadillac dentists exclusively use composite, or tooth-colored, fillings to treat cavities. These fillings blend in so seamlessly with your smile that no one will know you’ve had a cavity treated in our Cadillac dental office but you and our dentists.
What Is a Tooth-Colored Filling?
White composite resin fillings are made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles. As their name implies, the resin can be tailored to closely match the natural color of your enamel so the filling itself blends in with surrounding teeth.
This type of restoration is ideal for small to medium sized cavities, especially in front teeth or on tooth areas most visible when smiling or speaking. Highly valued for their low-key aesthetic appearance, composite fillings have become more popular in years over traditional metal amalgam fillings.
Advantages Over Amalgam Fillings
Compared to the older style of fillings, composite fillings can benefit your smile in many ways. Other than their ability to go visually unnoticed amongst other teeth, composite resin fillings can also strengthen a tooth affected by decay.
Bonded directly to the tooth surface where the decay was removed, composite fillings provide much needed support and protection. This application technique reduces the possibility of breakage unlike amalgam fillings that tend to weaken the teeth they fill.
Some other benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:
- More natural tooth structure preserved due to less drilling involved
- Adjacent parts of the tooth are sealed to prevent further decay
- Minimal tooth sensitivity produced than with amalgam fillings
- No mercury or metal used
Say Goodbye to Traditional Metal Fillings
For patients wanting a discreet, but effective solution to existing cavities, we offer a tooth-colored composite resin option. Our dentists in Cadillac, MI, can treat decay with this more aesthetically pleasing filling type. Call LifeSmiles Dentistry at (231) 775-8281 to request an appointment.