Tooth-Colored Resin Fillings in Royal Oak
Cavities happen, and when they do, most of our patients would prefer that we are able to fix them quickly and easily without leaving permanent discolorations on their teeth.
While amalgam (silver) dental fillings were sufficient and effective for a long time, there’s a better way to fill cavities now, and we are committed to always giving our patients the best care possible.
Tooth-colored composite resin fillings are incredibly effective and not only blend in beautifully with the natural shade of your teeth, but have even more advantages over traditional metal fillings.
The Advantages of Composite Resin Fillings
The biggest advantage that composite resin fillings have over metal fillings is that they are tooth colored. The filling material can actually be colored to perfectly match the exact shade of your teeth. We know that every one of our patients is a unique individual right down to the color of their teeth, and using tooth-colored composite resin fillings is one of the ways that we honor that.
Another major advantage composites have over amalgams is that less tooth prep is required to place a composite filling. This means less drilling and more preservation of healthy tooth structure. Composites also bond to your tooth from the inside, strengthening your tooth and greatly reducing the risk that your filling could fall out.
Amalgam fillings are made of metal and include a small amount of mercury. While no adverse effects have ever been linked to metal dental fillings, many patients would prefer not to have any mercury in their mouths, and we understand that. Additionally, like any other metal, amalgam fillings will react to changes in temperature, expanding in response to heat and contracting in response to cold. What this means for you is that every time you enjoy a dish of ice cream or sip hot coffee, your fillings are minutely changing. Eventually, these tiny movements can cause metal fillings to come loose and even fall out. Even worse, they could actually cause your tooth to crack.
Do I Have a Cavity?
In most cases, cavities don’t create any symptoms. Every time you come to our office for an examination, we’ll check your teeth to make sure they are free from cavities. This is also why it’s important that you have your examinations every six months as recommended. When you have regular routine checkups, any problems we catch are likely to be small and simple to fix.
If it’s been a while since your last checkup and you’re experiencing sensitivity in a tooth or tooth pain – or if you can actually see discoloration or visible pitting in your tooth – you may have a cavity.
Call our office today to schedule an examination with Dr. Chalasani so we can check out your concern and quickly treat it. Cavities that are left untreated can spread into larger areas of decay and become a much bigger problem, and we want to help you avoid that.