Metal amalgam tooth fillings have been restoring smiles for many years. However, we now rely primarily on a tooth-colored material called composite resin to restore teeth that are damaged by tooth decay.
But how does composite compare to silver metal fillings? It may be more aesthetically appealing, but is it as durable and long-lasting? Here's what you should know about tooth-colored fillings in Huntsville.
Composite resin is a versatile material that can be customized to match your tooth, making it unnoticeable in your smile. Metal fillings mar your smile when you talk and laugh, and as they break down over time, bacteria can set in and also darken your tooth.
Many might think that a plastic filling wouldn't be as durable as metal. However, unlike amalgam, composite is bonded directly to your tooth. Direct bonding does two things; first, it makes your tooth strong. Second, it preserves more of your natural tooth structure since your dentist doesn't have to remove as much to place your composite filling.
Tooth-colored fillings have the potential to last 10 to 12 years, sometimes even longer, depending on your home care routine.
Due to the nature of metal, it tends to expand and contract with temperature changes. Since the temperature of your mouth is constantly changing, metal fillings pull away from your tooth over time. This breakdown causes your tooth to be susceptible to bacteria that can result in tooth decay inside your tooth again.
For this and aesthetic reasons, many people are opting to replace their metal fillings with tooth-colored composite resin.
If you have more questions about how tooth-colored fillings in Huntsville can change your smile, Dr. David King would love to talk with you. Call King Dental today at (256) 880-1884 for more information about dental fillings.