Tooth Colored Fillings
The best way to avoid tooth decay is to practice good oral hygiene habits at home combined with bi-annual visits to our office for professional teeth cleanings and examinations. However, even your best efforts cannot always prevent decay. As long as decay is detected in its early stages, a filling can be placed to protect and preserve your natural tooth.
In the past, most dental fillings were made from metal amalgam. Metal fillings are both an eyesore and a potential danger to your oral health. At Colorado Dental Arts, our Littleton cosmetic dentists offer tooth-colored fillings made from porcelain or a white dental composite. These fillings not only look more natural, but provide important health benefits for your teeth.
The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
White fillings are a superior option for several different reasons, including:
- Directly bonded to your tooth, providing extra structural support
- Preserves more of your natural tooth enamel
- Will not come loose or fall out
- Will not expand and contract with temperature changes
- Protect your teeth more effectively from future decay
- Less tooth sensitivity
Best of all, white fillings contain no mercury, making them completely safe and harmless to your overall health.
The debate over the use of mercury in dental fillings is controversial, but many researchers believe that mercury, a primary component in metal amalgam fillings, can reach toxic levels in the bloodstream as the filling wears down. While the science regarding this concern is still under investigation, our family dentists believe it is best to err on the side of caution and have chosen to only offer metal-free fillings at our office. For patients who are interested, we can replace your current metal fillings with white fillings so you can take advantage of all of the benefits of modern dentistry materials.
If you live in the Southwest Denver area and need a filling, or would like to replace your old metal fillings with white fillings, please contact Colorado Dental Arts today to schedule an initial consultation.