Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings

There are a number of problems with metal fillings. To begin with, metal cannot be bonded to teeth. This means that securing a metal filling requires the drilling of a large cavity, which allows the amalgam to be packed deeply into the tooth – a process that further weakens teeth already impacted by decay. What’s more, metal expands and contracts with temperature changes in the mouth and, because it is not bonded, can break or crack teeth, or simply fall out.
Tooth colored fillings are bonded to the surface of the tooth and do not change shape with temperature fluctuations. This gives tooth colored fillings specific benefits including:

  • Less damage to healthy tooth enamel during placement
  • No risk of coming loose or falling out
  • No risk of expansion causing teeth to crack or break

In addition, the material used in tooth colored fillings is safe and nontoxic, even when placed under the strain of daily use. And, of course, these fillings fit more naturally into the smile, helping produce optimal cosmetic as well as functional results.