Fillings are the most commonly used restorative dentistry services in America, preserving natural teeth by protecting against future decay in the enamel. Amalgam fillings — also known as silver or mercury fillings — are dark and unsightly, particularly when they are visible within the smile zone. Fortunately, modern dental technology has provided your Peoria and Phoenix dentists with the ability to fill cavities and repair teeth with more natural-looking tooth-colored composite fillings.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Though research has yet to definitively prove a link between metal fillings and health risks, many patients and dentists express concern regarding the mercury they contain. Metal fillings are also sensitive to changes and extremes in temperature, such as hot or cold drinks and foods. Amalgam fillings can expand and contract with these changes, further compromising a tooth that has been previously damaged.
Tooth-colored fillings, however, are not susceptible to these problems, making them a smarter alternative to old metal restorations. In addition, the material used to repair a damaged tooth is color-matched to your natural dentition. You won’t have to feel self-conscious about the dark or shiny fillings in your mouth when you smile, making you more comfortable in social situations and in your professional environment as well. Our doctors will thoroughly explain the entire process before treatment begins.
Form and Function for Your Smile
Whether you are in need of a new filling for a decayed tooth or you’d like to learn more about replacing amalgam fillings with tooth-colored composite material, your local Peoria and Phoenix dentists can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. Our experienced doctors and caring oral healthcare team happily serve families from throughout the nearby areas of North Gateway Village, North Mountain Village, Scottsdale, and beyond. We can’t wait to serve you and your family’s smiles!