If you’re “of a certain age,” you probably remember the old-style silver amalgam fillings. In fact, silver amalgam is still available for patients who prefer that material. But most dentists now offer their patients another alternative – composite tooth-colored fillings. This material is very strong and durable, and it can be created to come very close to matching the color of your natural teeth. That means that fillings will be barely noticeable at all! Dr. Smitherman is pleased to offer tooth-colored fillings to her patients in the Austin, TX area.
Why You Should Choose Austin Family Dentistry for Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Dr. Smitherman has years of experience in providing patients with tooth-colored fillings
- One of the biggest advantages of tooth-colored fillings is that they come very close to matching your existing teeth
- Not only do tooth-colored fillings look good now, but unlike silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings won’t change color over time
Important Information about Tooth-Colored Fillings
Although silver amalgam is a very strong and durable material, it does come with some limitations. Not only is silver amalgam, well, silver – it also changes color over a period of several years. In fact, many old silver amalgam fillings actually start to look almost black in color. Obviously, a mouth full of black teeth would not be the first choice of most people.
On the other hand, tooth-colored fillings remain the same shade for as long as you have the filling. The composite material is also quite strong and durable. Although most fillings do eventually need to be replaced, tooth-colored fillings should last for many years under normal wear conditions.
The Procedure for Tooth-Colored Fillings
The procedure involved in getting a new tooth-colored filling is almost identical to the procedure involved for silver amalgam fillings. Dr. Smitherman will begin by removing any existing decay in the tooth, then thoroughly cleaning the surface. After that, she will fill the tooth with composite material, making sure that your bite is comfortable and normal.
Contact Austin Family Dentistry Today
If you believe that someone in your family might be in need of a tooth-colored filling, or for more information, contact our Austin, TX office today.