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Natural Looking Composites Mean No More Metal Mouth

In order to address tooth decay issues and maintain the natural appearance of teeth, Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne uses tooth-colored fillings to treat patients with cavities. For more than a century, traditional silver and mercury fillings were standard — but these materials have drawbacks.

Metal fillings detract from the brightness and overall aesthetics of your smile. They are susceptible to changes in temperature, expanding and contracting in response to heat and cold which can compromise the structural integrity of the tooth. Plus, metal fillings are facing scrutiny for their possible health hazards, as they may be prone to leaking dangerous elements into the body.

In light of these issues, tooth-colored fillings have emerged as the healthier, better looking option. They are substantially more durable than metal fillings. The resin-based composite poses no risk of side effects, and tooth-colored fillings can be perfectly matched to the shade of natural teeth. They are the perfect solution for patients who want a beautiful, healthy smile.

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Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings by Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne have the following core benefits:

  • Composite fillings are the most effective method for treating cavities
  • Composite can be easily customized to match the shade of your natural teeth so your fillings are almost undetectable
  • Composite is as strong as your real teeth with the same stain-resistant quality
  • Unlike metal fillings, there are no health concerns about composite resin leaking harmful elements into your body
  • Composite doesn’t expand and contract with the temperature like metal fillings, which protects the tooth’s structural integrity

More About Tooth-Colored Fillings

Because cavities can occur on any tooth surface, tooth-colored fillings are very versatile and applicable in many situations. For example, decay between forward facing teeth can be removed and replaced with tooth-colored dental composite, leaving no sign of restoration.

Placing tooth-colored fillings is a quick and simple process. First, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed, followed by an application of etching gel. The gel creates microscopic grooves in the teeth which facilitate strong bonding. After etching, the composite material is placed incrementally. During this phase, light curing is used to harden each layer of the filling, resulting in a durable, indistinguishable restoration.

Dr. Robert Harrell’s primary goal at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne is to provide each patient with the safest and most comprehensive treatment. While composite tooth fillings contribute to the aesthetics of your smile, they are also an incredibly safe and effective option, keeping your restored teeth strong and healthy without risking adverse side effects.

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