Loftus Family Dentistry
Joseph Loftus, DDS

4 Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

June 22, 2022
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Posted By: Loftus Family Dentistry

Most people in North Dallas have had at least one tooth cavity in their lives, and if you were born in the 20th century, odds are your dentist filled that cavity with silver metal amalgam. Unfortunately, while this material is extra-strong and resists breakage, it's also extremely unattractive, mainly because the metallic color is a stark contrast to your natural tooth enamel.

That's one reason the Loftus Family Dentistry team is happy to offer an alternative: the tooth-colored or white filling. Composed of composite resin materials renowned for their flexibility, the first advantage of this material is that we can match your filling and your tooth color exactly. This creates a seamless repair indistinguishable from your natural smile.

White Dental Fillings Can Be Smaller

Another benefit to tooth-colored fillings is that they better adhere to your tooth, which means that your dentist may remove less material to create a stable filling. With this advantage, your tooth not only looks more natural but retains more structure which will inevitably improve its longevity.

Metallic Fillings Dull Your Smile

Where metallic dental fillings are exposed, you can't miss them. However, even small amounts of amalgam that remained hidden for years become more visible over time. This is because natural tooth enamel is only semi-opaque. So as you age, it wears down and shows the metal filling inside. The effect is that your tooth appears grayish and loses its sparkle. We don't see this effect with a white dental filling.

Metal Amalgam May Fracture Teeth

The extreme strength of amalgam has a hidden downside; it's stronger than your tooth. The problem is that factors as simple as a wide swing in temperature may cause the metallic material to expand. When this happens, your tooth is what gives, creating cracks and fractures which may result in tooth loss.

White Fillings for Cavity Treatment in North Dallas, TX

For people looking for a dentist near me in Addison, Richardson, Carrollton, Plano, Farmers Branch, and Hebron, we encourage new patients to schedule an appointment so we can share how our modern treatments like tooth-colored fillings can enhance your health and your smile.

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