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Since the emergence
of cosmetic dental resin, white fillings have become a much better alternative
to amalgam fillings.
fillings were once the primary material used for tooth fillings. Silver-mercury amalgam was relied upon
for decades as a reliable means of filling cavities and restoring parts of the
teeth that had been destroyed by decay.
This was especially done in the teeth in the back of the mouth, where the
darker color of silver-mercury would be less noticeable.
The problem with
this material, however, is obvious.
If you need to have to have a tooth in the front filled, its appearance
will be visibly diminished. White
fillings, on the other hand, will look identical to the surrounding tooth
matter. They will be much better
for your teeth as well.
This is because
amalgams, by their very nature, can damage teeth in the long run. This is due to the fact that amalgam
fillings absorb moisture. They will
often expand and contract as temperature changes. As this change in filling size occurs,
it can actually crack a tooth. At
that point, you will have to have the tooth crowned to save it.
White fillings do
not expand or contract in this manner because they are heat and moisture
Silver fillings will
also deteriorate through to a process called metal fatigue. This causes them to corrode and to leak
over time. The protective seal on
these fillings gets broken, and new decay will form beneath it. This leakage will also make the entire tooth
begin to look gray as time goes by.
Cosmetic fillings do not
degrade this way, and they do not alter the color of your
This is because
white composite materials match tooth color. This material is durable, long-lasting,
and cosmetically attractive. New
materials like porcelain and composite resin can give you an attractive, natural
look and at the same time restore strength and durability to your
Composite resin white fillings
directly bond to the surface of your tooth. This restores the tooth to almost 100
percent of its original strength and functionality. Cosmetic dentists
customize cosmetic restorations to match the exact color your teeth. Only trained dentists will be able to
see the difference between these cosmetic tooth restorations and the real thing
once they are in your mouth.
The improvement that white
fillings will make in your smile is beyond value. You will no longer have to be
self-conscious about how you appear to people when you smile.
restorations will also preserve more of your existing tooth matter. Amalgam fillings require healthy tooth structure to be removed so
the filling can fit the cavity.
However, when a tooth is restored with composite resin, is only necessary
to remove the decay itself.
Cosmetic resin easily bonds to the tooth without any of its natural
surface area needing to be removed.
With all this considered,
anyone who is seeking an attractive and effective option for restoring one or
more decayed teeth, should talk to their cosmetic dentist about the latest
options in white restorative materials.
Dentistry is a specialized field that requires extensive knowledge and
experience to be done correctly. The Medical Center Dental Group in
Houston, Texas brings all of that and more to the direct benefit of each and
every patient we treat. Although we are located in the world famous Houston
Medical Center at Scurlock Towers, we routinely see dental patients who travel
from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Beaumont and Midland Texas to see Dr. Dale Brant, Dr. Charles Campbell or Dr. Elizabeth
OSullivan-Winslow for their cosmetic denistry services that