In the past, there were not many options for a person who had cavities. For years, the only available option for a filling was a gold or silver metal alloy. This is no longer true with modern, state-of-the-art dentistry. At Hawkins Dentistry, we can restore your natural smile and your oral health with tooth-colored fillings.
Fillings and Your Teeth
Unlike old-fashioned metal fillings, white composite fillings bond with your tooth. Because of this, a modern filling provides much more protection for the tooth. This bonding can improve and preserve the tooth’s strength and durability.
The newest composite fillings are aesthetically appealing and long-lasting. They can be used on any tooth that has a cavity. After Dr. Hawkins cleans and treats the affected area, he will be able to fill it with a tooth-colored composite filling.
Another benefit of a composite filling is that it will not conduct temperature as a metal filling would. Metal is a heat conductor, so silver fillings can cause tooth sensitivity when you consume hot or cold foods/beverages, or expose your mouth to cold air. This does not occur when you have white composite fillings.
Tooth-Colored Fillings and Your Appearance
Cavities are unattractive and can result in an extremely decayed or lost tooth. Metal fillings, however, can also be seen as unattractive when they are in view. When you talk and smile, you do not want visible silver or gold fillings in your mouth. A filling that matches your natural tooth is the ideal alternative. This way, no one will know you have a filling in your tooth.
A tooth-colored composite filling is the perfect solution if you have a cavity that needs to be filled. Even if you have an old-fashioned metal filling, Dr. Hawkins may be able to replace it with a filling that looks and performs better. The old filling can easily be removed, and replaced with a tooth-colored one.
Tooth-colored fillings are not only for cavities or replacement fillings. The same material can also be used to repair a tooth that is cracked or chipped. If you have these imperfections, the composite material can be used to correct the imperfection and the appearance of your smile. This will allow you to feel more confident every time you smile.
With new fillings, you can have a healthier smile. You can look and feel great without cavities and other tooth imperfections. If you are only familiar with old-fashioned metal fillings, you will definitely appreciate the difference.
When you want the best results, you need experts, and you can find them at Hawkins Dentistry. We will check the condition of your teeth, and recommend the option that is right for you. Call us today to schedule your appointment!