Tooth Colored Fillings
Now there is no more need to worry about cavities, broken or chipped teeth as it can be easily rectified by tooth-colored fillings. Since composite fillings offer a natural look, once done, it will look no different from the rest of your teeth.
Why Aren't Silver Fillings an Option?
The fillings can be made to match the exact color of your teeth; in fact, they look so much like your own teeth, that they are also used to fill gaps, change the shape, size or color of your stained, existing teeth.
The Nature of Tooth Colored Fillings
Most of the time, tooth colored fillings are composite resin fillings comprised of versatile materials. The material that is commonly used is called BIS-GMA which is a hard fluid acrylic material that binds other glass filler materials together. The material is easy and has been refined to give you a better feel and look. To modulate the color of the material, little amounts of copper, gold or cobalt is added while zirconium and titanium oxide is used to provide opacity to the resin.
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Metallic Versus Composite
Composite resins have taken over from metallic fillings which are easily noticed and can also make your lovely smile look bad. Also, some people may have allergies pertaining to certain types of metal and as such, this kind of filling may pose serious health hazards for them. Previously, when only metallic fillings were available, people had no choice in the matter, however, thanks to advancements in technology, today the market is filled with amazing advanced materials that are used as fillings. Even if you have had a metallic filling before, you can replace it with a nice, natural looking filling and no one will be the wiser.
Another problem with metallic fillings was that metals are sensitive to heat and cold. So they tend to expand and contract when you eat or drink anything hot or cold. As these fillings are just plastered onto your tooth and not secured, they can fall out, break or crack your tooth, causing further damage.
The American Dental Association has had a few concerns with using metallic fillings for expectant mothers and children. The association considers composite fillings safer than metallic ones.
Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
Although most people choose composite fillings because of the way it makes them look, there are many more advantages.
The Process of Filling
Taking Care of Tooth Colored Fillings
Although tooth colored fillings are more durable than metallic fillings, regular care is necessary. They tend to darken when the person is prone to drinking tea or coffee. In order to maintain the color of the resin, it is recommended that the person avoids drinks and foods that may contain dyes. Alcoholic drinks are also detrimental to the resin. Regular brushing and flossing is recommended to give a longer life to your fillings and keep your usual visits to the dentists. Replace fillings as soon as they fall to protect the health of your teeth.