The Cosmetic Benefits of Uniform Color Fillings

The Cosmetic Benefits of Uniform Color Fillings from Southern Cal Smiles: Susan Fredericks, D.D.S, M.P.H. in Woodland Hills, CAPatients who receive fillings for dental decay may be interested to know that there are cosmetic benefits of composite fillings as well as dental advantages. Most people want teeth that look natural and do not relish the idea of receiving outdated-looking metal spots in their mouths. Read through the information below to learn more about the types and colors of dental fillings, when a dentist may choose one over the other, and the cosmetic benefits of using natural, tooth-colored material to repair cavities.

What colors of fillings are available?

Most patients have observed reflective, hard-to-miss silver spots in someone else's smile. Many patients who were born before cosmetic dentistry was available have metal fillings themselves. There are situations in which a dentist will choose the cosmetic benefits of composite fillings, and there are also instances in which a dentist may recommend a different type of material. The basic categories are as follows:

  • Silver: These fillings are so popular because they tend to be cheaper than composite resin and gold ones. They last a long time — up to 15 years if cared for properly — but many people find them unattractive.
  • Gold: These are likely the most expensive. They are often not a practical choice due to their noticeability as well as their cost. Additionally, some people have metal allergies and cannot tolerate gold in their mouths.
  • Composite resin (tooth-colored): These fillings come with the cosmetic benefits of uniform color. They can be matched to the patient’s tooth color and they bond well to each tooth.
  • Ceramic: These are typically made from porcelain and, like gold, they can be on the pricier side. They last for a long time, are made of natural-looking material, and are usually stain-resistant.

Cosmetic benefits of uniform color fillings

Patients who opt for metal fillings may be able to fix their cavities, but they might leave the dental practice feeling unhappy about the choice they made. Similarly, older patients may dislike silver fillings that are no longer fashionable. Composites can last for a decade or more when cared for correctly and are an excellent choice for patients who want to maintain their oral health without sacrificing the beauty of their smiles.

Patients who resist smiling or laughing due to noticeable fillings should not have to feel anxious about their teeth being viewed by others. Those who already have metal fillings are not out of luck: It is possible to replace older metal ones with natural-looking tooth-colored resin to create a more symmetrical smile. Additionally, people who have concerns about keeping the tooth's natural shape will likely be pleased with the results achieved from composite or ceramic material.

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Conclusion

Patients who wish to avoid creating a distracting, shiny smile may opt for composite resin or porcelain fillings to take advantage of the cosmetic benefits of composite fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are safe, durable, and hypoallergenic. Your local licensed dentist will be able to provide further education on this subject and suggest the right type of material to repair your cavity.

Request an appointment or call Southern Cal Smiles: Susan Fredericks, D.D.S, M.P.H. at 818-657-8055 for an appointment in our Woodland Hills office.

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