Natural, tooth colored fillings, also known as composite resin fillings, provide many benefits over the silver amalgam fillings that used to fill the mouths of many. Of course, the aesthetic benefits of these fillings are one of their biggest benefits. Composite resin fillings are designed to match your natural tooth color so they blend right in with the rest of your teeth, making the fillings unnoticeable. This is a marked improvement over metal fillings which are very noticeable and rather unsightly.
Tooth colored fillings can be matched to any tooth color. The tooth colored or white fillings offer such an aesthetic benefit in comparison to silver fillings that many patients opt to replace their old amalgam fillings with composite resin fillings for the aesthetic benefits alone. But, there are a number of additional benefits to tooth colored fillings that make them such an excellent choice.
Above and beyond the obvious aesthetic benefits of tooth colored fillings are other benefits as well. Composite resin fillings are more durable than metal fillings. This means that they will last longer and will protect your teeth better. The material used in tooth colored fillings is harder than the metal used in traditional silver fillings, so it won't wear down over time and provides more lasting protection.
The composite resin material also won't expand once it is in your tooth, so the fillings are less likely to crack over time. Since they are less prone to cracking and breaking, they are also less likely to allow harmful bacteria to seep in to those cracks, causing additional decay, which can result in more serious dental problems. They also result in less tooth sensitivity. Composite resin fillings are also safer for your health than amalgam fillings, since they contain no mercury in them.
Filling a new cavity, or replacing your old silver fillings with tooth colored fillings provides numerous benefits, the most obvious of which is a more beautiful smile.