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Tooth-Coloured Fillings vs Silver Fillings

October 18, 2021
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Posted By: Oasis Smiles Dental
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Silver or tooth-coloured fillings in Tamworth treat cavities, but patients may prefer the aesthetics of fillings that match their teeth.

Tooth-Coloured Fillings

Tooth-coloured fillings are made of a composite material that can be shaded to match your teeth. This composite material fills cavities and restores your bite. Some patients opt to remove older silver fillings for the more aesthetic tooth-coloured option.

The same material can also bond teeth. Bonding is an inexpensive way to conceal tooth flaws like chips, discolouration, or shape abnormalities.

Silver Dental Fillings

Silver dental fillings—also called amalgam fillings—have been around for a long time, and they used to be the only options for treating cavities.

Of course, they work well and restore function, but they may not be as aesthetically pleasing as their tooth-coloured counterpart. In some cases, patients choose amalgam fillings only for back teeth, not in the smile line.

Some patients may also feel more at ease with the mercury-free tooth-coloured option.

How Dental Fillings Work and Prevention

If you have a cavity, an area of decay on your tooth, your dentist numbs the area and gently removes the decay. We then fill the tooth to restore function.

To lower your tooth decay risk, talk to your dentist about a preventive dentistry schedule. This means visiting our dental clinic once or twice per year for examinations and teeth cleans.

We also encourage an excellent oral care routine between dental visits. Brushing, flossing, and avoiding sugary and acidic foods and drinks may be the best course for a healthy smile.

Are You Looking for a Tamworth Dentist?

We are always happy to welcome new patients and families into our dental clinic. If you would like to establish dental care with us or have questions about our dental services, we encourage you to contact our dental team today.