In the past having a cavity filled meant getting an unattractive, noticeable metal filling. Today professional dentists like our Richmond Hill dentist at Good Day Dental have impressive array of tools to work and materials to work with. A great example of this is tooth colored fillings which can be an excellent option for repairing cavities.
Tooth colored fillings offer many advantages. Tooth colored fillings are made of composite resin or porcelain. Composite resin is made of a mixture of plastic and glass that not only attractive but is also better for your teeth. Metal fillings can require your dentist to remove healthy parts of your tooth with a drill in order to create a ledge that locks the filling in place. Modern tooth colored filling materials do not require these undercuts to stay in place. They can be physically bonded and applied directly to your teeth. They are then sculpted and hardened with a special light. Metal fillings are very strong but are also very stiff. This can place stress the tooth and can make it more prone to cracking. Like metal filling, tooth colored fillings are also strong. However unlike metal fillings, they’re very flexible. When you bite or chew, tooth colored fillings absorb and transfer the forces similar to your own natural health teeth. Also since tooth colored fillings look so natural, it will be virtually impossible to tell that your tooth has a filling. They not only mimic your own natural tooth in appearance but also in function. If your cavity is too deep for a composite filling, your dentist may consider using a porcelain filling instead of composite resin.
If you want to learn how tooth colored fillings can improve the look and health of your teeth, contact our office today. We’ll gladly set up a consultation for you with our Richmond Hill dentist.