If you’re like many people in Cincinnati, Ohio, and around the world, you probably remember a time when cavities were filled with amalgam fillings. Since the 19th century, dentists have filled cavities with fillings made from various types of metal, including mercury, silver, and even gold. For this reason, you may still see some metal fillings in your mouth if you’re old enough.
The good news is that no one has to have a mouth full of silver fillings anymore. With modern dental advances, dentists now have tooth-colored restoration options for you. This means that even if you get a filling, no one will ever have to know because the fillings are the same color as your natural teeth.
What is tooth-colored restoration, and are non-amalgam fillings as effective as the metal fillings of the past? Let’s dive in and learn more.
Everyone has oral bacteria, regardless of how often you brush your teeth. This bacteria can easily lead to tooth decay and cavities, and that can happen even if you brush and floss regularly.
When you have a cavity, your dentist has to remove the affected part of the tooth and fill the cavity (small hole) with material that will protect the root. This will also protect the teeth from further damage.
Non-amalgam fillings are made with BPA-safe composite resin that is shaded to match the color of your natural teeth. This resin is made from powdered glass, giving the resin a natural sheen that looks nearly exactly like your dental enamel.
Below, we outline the entire process for getting white fillings.
Do you want to find out if white fillings are a good fit for you? Drs. Patel and Dornhecker and the team at Patel and Dorhecker Dentistry in Cincinnati, OH, are here to serve you. Give us a call at (513) 815-3166 today for more information. You can also request an appointment online.