Tooth Colored Fillings
In the past, having a cavity meant that you had to fill it with an unsightly metal filling. Today, cosmetic dentistry has developed fillings that perfectly match the color of your tooth, providing you with an effective, unnoticeable restoration.
Fillings are used to fill the space in a tooth created by a cavity. If you suspect you have a cavity and are experiencing pain when eating or when a tooth is exposed to cold, it is important that you see an experienced cosmetic dentist as soon as possible. A cavity left untreated can cause additional, more serious dental problems. Decay can continue to the point where a dental crown is needed, or even so far as to cause you to lose the tooth.
Tooth-colored (metal-free) fillings can be used in any situation where a metal filling would be used. Tooth-colored fillings can also be used to replace older metal fillings, providing you with a more aesthetically-pleasing restoration.
Porcelain fillings also have other advantages; in that, they require less of the natural tooth material to be removed when they are placed, and they don’t conduct hot and cold temperatures as much as metal fillings, thus preventing tooth sensitivity.
The days of noticeable metal fillings are gone. Cosmetic dentistry has advanced to the point where fillings can now be virtually invisible when matched to the color of your existing teeth.
What are metal-free fillings?
Fillings are dental restorations used to fill the space in a tooth caused by a cavity. In the past, fillings were made of metal amalgam. Today, cosmetic dentistry uses metal free fillings to fill cavities. Metal free fillings are less noticeable, and can be placed in just one short visit to Dr. Alhadef’s Dallas, Texas cosmetic dentistry studio.
What are the advantages of metal-free fillings?
There are many advantages of metal-free filling over traditional metal amalgam fillings. First, metal-free fillings are more natural looking than metal fillings. Metal fillings can turn very dark or black over time, while metal-free fillings are tooth-colored fillings to provide a seamless restoration. Secondly, metal-free fillings expand and contract just like your natural tooth, unlike metal fillings. This prevents the chance of the filling causing your tooth to crack. Lastly, metal-free fillings don’t conduct heat and cold like metal fillings, making teeth less sensitive after they have been placed.
Am I a good metal-free filling candidate?
Generally, any time a metal filling could be used, a metal free filling can be used instead. If you have minor decay and would like to fill a cavity with a metal-free filling, schedule an initial consultation with Dentist, Dr. Alhadef so that he can evaluate your dental health and determine if you are a good candidate for metal free fillings.
We want to see your smile!
If you have a cavity or an older metal filling that you would like to repair or replace with porcelain fillings, contact cosmetic dentist, Dr. Alhadef, in his Dallas studio to schedule your initial dentistry consultation.