Marietta Tooth Colored Fillings
When fillings were first introduced as a cosmetic dental procedure, they were made of “amalgam”, a metal mixture containing mercury. These fillings are still used today though in diminishing numbers, primarily due to the fact that they contain mercury. In addition, the fillings expand as they age which can produce cracks in the tooth and cracks in the filling. They turn black with age and also stain the tooth and even the surrounding gums black. For all these reasons, we provide filling upgrades that use metal-free materials.
There are two types of tooth colored fillings: plastic or composite resin or porcelain. Porcelain fillings are called “inlays” and they are made by a lab. This means that the filling takes two appointments to complete. However, porcelain is stronger and benefits from not staining over time. Plastic fillings can be accomplished in one appointment and they too are very strong, but just not as strong as porcelain. Plastic fillings are best when the filling being replaced is moderate to small in size. Porcelain is better for larger restorations. At Gilreath Dental Associates, we pride ourselves on being able to produce lifelike tooth colored fillings that are beautiful and also add strength to the tooth.
Atlanta GA White Fillings
Composite resin can also been known as “bonding”. If the bonding is replacing tooth structure that is decayed or originally had an amalgam (silver, mercury) filling in it, the term “white filling” is typically used. If the bonding is purely cosmetic in nature, meaning that it is used to lengthen or reshape the tooth or to change the color of the tooth, the term “cosmetic bonding” is typically used.
In the last 20 years, we have seen tremendous advancements in non-metal filling materials and techniques. At Gilreath Dental Associates, we provide these filling upgrades for our patients.
Tooth colored dental fillings offer many benefits over amalgam including:
- They are natural in color and blend well with your natural teeth
- They are “bonded” to your teeth, which in essence pulls your tooth together, making it stronger
- Tooth colored materials are more stable in extreme hot and cold temperatures (like when eating ice cream or drinking coffee) than amalgam, which means that they don’t expand or contract as much.
If you would like to have a FREE, no obligation consultation to discuss tooth colored restorations, please contact our Marietta Tooth Colored Fillings Professionals at Gilreath Dental Associates to schedule an appointment.