Fillings have been made over history out of various materials. In ancient times, people would use beeswax, gold, tin, silver, and other materials to make them. The oldest ones were discovered in Pakistan and were dated 10,000 years back. During more recent times, dentists would use an amalgam of metal, such as copper, mercury, or silver.
Today, tooth-colored fillings can be made of porcelain, composite, and materials that not only are more aesthetically pleasing than metal fillings but are healthier and more convenient.
Let’s list some of the main advantages you get when you opt for composite or porcelain fillings, which are selected to match the color of your natural teeth and to blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile.
While metal fillings are easily spotted and give restored smiles a very particular look, especially if any of the front teeth were treated, composite or porcelain fillings are made to match your tooth color exactly, perfectly blending in. It’s very hard to notice a new filling unless it was used to drastically repair cosmetic issues.
For metal amalgam fillings to stick to the natural tooth, dentists have to remove quite a lot of the enamel. Composite and porcelain fillings cling to the tooth more easily, which allows the dentist to remove less enamel while repairing your cosmetic flaw or cavity with the help of tooth-colored fillings.
A routine procedure, getting a tooth-colored tilling is also affordable and comfortable. The materials are made to harden quickly and can be easily filed down to give your tooth the right shape and size.
One of the biggest problems associated with older amalgam fillings is that they contain mercury, which is toxic for humans. Although the mercury levels in amalgam fillings are considered to be safe, they are not recommended for use in pregnant patients, and the inclusion of mercury can tend to make patients uneasy. With today’s fillings, you no longer have to worry about toxic elements.
If they are maintained correctly and you keep your teeth clean and healthy, your tooth-colored fillings will last many years. Porcelain fillings are the most durable of them, but any filling can be easily replaced in case there’s any damage.
Getting a filling is a fast and simple procedure that we at Forest Lake Smiles perform on a regular basis, on patients of all ages. We work with porcelain and composite fillings and replace metal amalgam ones to reduce the negative effects they have on patients’ overall health and confidence levels.
Contact us to book an appointment or to find out more about our operating hours, emergency services, financing plans, and much more. Dr. Jonathan Siverson and his team will welcome you with friendly smiles and modern, advanced techniques and equipment.