Why Tooth-Colored Fillings Are the Way to Go

November 5, 2018
Dr. Katherine Nicholson

Why Tooth-Colored Fillings Are the Way to Go

One of the biggest improvements in terms of how essential dental procedures impact appearance is tooth-colored fillings. Silver amalgam or gold fillings are no longer the only options, and very few people opt for metal fillings anymore. In fact, at Carolina General & Cosmetic Dentistry, 100 percent of the fillings we do today are tooth-colored.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

So, what exactly are tooth-colored fillings? They are exactly what the name implies — these fillings, made from advanced composite resin material, actually look like real teeth. In fact, tooth-colored fillings are so cosmetically advanced, it can be nearly impossible for the average person to discern that you have them in your teeth. The technology is so good that we can even ensure the tooth-colored fillings in your mouth match the shade of white of your teeth. The result is a completely natural-looking mouth rather than one marked by metal.

Are tooth-colored fillings safe?

Tooth-colored fillings are also very durable and safe. While millions of people have silver amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, and studies have shown them to be safe, some people are allergic to mercury. Regardless, there are no such concerns with tooth-colored fillings. And because of the differences in the way they adhere to the tooth, tooth-colored fillings preserve more of the healthy tooth structure intact than silver amalgam fillings do. That is why, in some cases over time, teeth with silver amalgam fillings can be prone to cracking. This is not an issue with tooth-colored fillings, leading to longer-lasting and more durable restorations.

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Will insurance cover the cost of fillings?

Though it wasn’t always the case, today nearly every dental insurance plan we deal with covers tooth-colored fillings. And you can always count on Carolina General & Cosmetic Dentistry to understand your specific dental insurance benefits, and maximize them for your benefit.

How do I get tooth-colored fillings?

Often, we can complete a restoration with a tooth-colored filling in just one visit. In some cases, two visits are needed. A consultation is needed to determine the best course of action, whether you need a new filling or are interested in replacing your old silver amalgam fillings with new tooth-colored fillings.

Of course, the very best option is to not need any fillings! And the best way to avoid needing fillings is to follow daily dental hygiene practices (brushing and flossing) and to come in for regular dental cleanings every six months. We would love to earn your trust and become your choice for general dentistry in Spartanburg, S.C.

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