Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Derby Dental for best Tooth-Colored Fillings

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If you are “of a certain age,” you may immediately imagine silver amalgam when you envision dental fillings. Although silver amalgam is still used routinely by many dentists, modern-day dental patients have another option: tooth-colored fillings made of a composite material. This newer type of material is quite strong and durable, but the obvious advantage it offers to patients is the fact that it is tooth-colored. This means your fillings will be much less noticeable than those made with silver amalgam. Dr. Whitehouse is pleased to offer tooth-colored fillings to her Austin, TX area patients.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Why You Should Choose Derby Dental for Tooth-Colored Fillings

  • Tooth-colored fillings are much more attractive than the old-style silver fillings, and recent studies have shown that an attractive smile does wonders for a person’s self-esteem
  • The fee charged for tooth-colored fillings is quite similar to the fee for silver fillings, and most insurance companies don’t make any distinction between the two types of materials
  • Silver fillings will darken over time, but tooth-colored fillings always remain the same color

Important Information about Tooth-Colored Fillings

Silver amalgam was (and still is) a very strong and durable material, which made it an excellent choice to use in dental fillings. But it does have drawbacks. Over a period of years, the silver darkens and eventually turns almost black in color. In addition, some patients are concerned about the low levels of mercury in silver filling, although it should be noted that this tiny amount has never been proven to pose a danger to dental patients. These are two reasons why tooth-colored fillings have become so popular in recent years.

Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite material that is quite strong and durable, similar to the old-style fillings. But the material used in tooth-colored fillings does not contain any mercury, and it never changes color like silver fillings. Your tooth-colored fillings should last for many years, although they may need to be replaced after a certain period of time. It’s no wonder so many patients are opting for this newer dental material!

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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Whitehouse, contact our Austin, TX office today. We would be happy to welcome you to our patient family!

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