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3 Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

April 4, 2019
Posted By: Thomas P. Riley, DMD
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Do you have a dental filling? Based on the findings of the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the number of adults with filled, decayed, or missing permanent teeth is about 94 percent. So, if you're not careful with your oral health, there’s a good chance you either have one or need one.

There are many benefits in using tooth-colored fillings, which is why your Summerville, SC dentist offers them exclusively. Let’s take a look at why so many dentists choose these fillings for their patients.

#1: Natural-Looking Aesthetics

Your dentist wants your smile to be healthy, but they also want you to feel good about the appearance of your teeth. Since tooth-colored fillings are a blend of glass and plastic resin particles, you may hear them called composite fillings or dental composites.

Not only do tooth-colored fillings resemble dental enamel, but your dentist can also shade the material to match the existing dental structure. The result is a repair that is so discreet even you won’t be able to detect it. And since they blend so well with dental enamel, composite fillings are also used for a procedure called cosmetic bonding.

#2: Protects Healthy Tooth Structure

To keep your smile as healthy as it can be, the goal is to keep the structure of your teeth intact for as long as possible. One of the problems with silver amalgam fillings is that your dentist has to remove a good bit of the existing tooth to place them. Tooth-colored composite fillings are bonded directly to the structure of your tooth, which means that more of it is preserved.

#3: Provides Years of Service

If you are proactive with your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing diligently and seeing your dentist for cleanings and exams twice a year, your composite fillings could last as long as seven years. But researchers are looking at ways to extend the lifespan of these fillings, so they will likely last even longer in the future.

Please Call Us to Arrange an Appointment

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings in Summerville, SC, please call Azalea Dental to arrange an appointment with Dr. Thomas Riley. He will evaluate your needs and explain in more detail why dental composites are an excellent choice.

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