Most people will get dental cavities at some point in their life. In the past, if you had a cavity the only option to repair the damage was a metal amalgam filling. Dental fillings have come a long way over the last decade. Today, patients have a more attractive option compared to their obvious, metal counterparts: tooth coloured composite fillings. At Pimpama City Dental Centre, we provide natural-looking composite fillings to restore teeth to their full form and function.
Composite resin fillings are made up of a mix of glass and plastic. They are used to restore decayed teeth, as well as to improve the look of your natural teeth. They are durable, conservative and a highly aesthetic option to help repair teeth to their optimal health, function and appearance. The benefits of tooth coloured fillings include:
- They preserve natural tooth structure. Composite resin is directly bonded to the surface of the tooth like an adhesive, which adds strength to the weakened tooth and helps to prevent further breakage. Unlike large amalgam fillings which require removing some of the healthy tooth, only the decayed portion of the tooth is necessary to remove when using composite resin. This allows the dentist to preserve more of the natural, healthy tooth enamel.
- They are natural looking. The most obvious benefit of tooth coloured fillings over traditional metal fillings is that they blend in and the shade can be matched to that of your natural tooth. This allows the filling to be virtually invisible in the mouth and is best suited to use in the front teeth or the more visible areas of the mouth. Patients can smile, laugh, talk and yawn with confidence- no one will notice that a cavity has been filled!
- They are versatile. Composite fillings can be used for various dental procedures other that filling a cavity. In addition to treating decayed teeth, tooth- coloured resin can be used for cosmetic improvements including, changing the colour of the teeth or reshaping the teeth.
Thanks to advances in dental technology, treating a cavity no longer requires obvious dark, amalgam fillings. With their natural tooth shape and colour, composite resin protects and repairs damaged teeth while safely preserving your smile. Contact our friendly team today to learn more about how you can restore decayed teeth or replace old metal amalgam fillings with tooth-coloured composite restorations.