Cavities or small areas of damage must be cleaned and restored to preserve the health of your smile and reduce the risk to adjacent teeth. Our Northridge cosmetic dentist may recommend tooth-colored fillings, which have several advantages over traditional amalgam, or silver, dental fillings.
In the past, fillings were made of an amalgam of metals, including tin, copper and liquid mercury. These fillings would protect the damaged teeth, but they were unsightly, and many patients were concerned about the potential health risks of the mercury. Tooth-colored fillings offer an excellent alternative.
Tooth-colored fillings are generally made of a composite resin material that can match surrounding teeth precisely. They are completely free of metal and are just as strong as metal fillings. Teeth are unlikely to suffer from post-treatment sensitivity, and the filling can even restore the strength of a damaged or decayed tooth by bonding chemically with it. A composite resin filling may take slightly longer to place, but it is hardened by the time you leave the dental office for a more convenient experience.
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, you may benefit from a tooth-colored dental filling. Contact our office today to learn more about your treatment options or to schedule a consultation with our expert in tooth colored fillings in Northridge.