Tooth Colored Fillings

Dental fillings are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth, allowing them to function normally and helping them against further decay. However, metallic ones, such as amalgam or cast gold, are bound to show whenever you smile. Moreover, some fillings contain traces of mercury, which may be dangerous to individuals who are allergic to it. It is important to know what tooth colored fillings are designed for and how they can ensure your oral health.

As we are dedicated to ensuring your oral and overall health and guaranteeing the beauty of your smile, Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox offers mercury-free and tooth colored fillings as well. These fillings function like cosmetic fillings as well as standard ones. In addition to matching the natural shade of your teeth and making them look beautiful and uniform, they are also used to restore fractured or chipped teeth and fill cavities.

Advantages of Tooth Colored and Mercury Free Fillings

Tooth-colored and mercury-free fillings are less dangerous to individuals who are allergic to mercury as well as children. However, that is not the only benefit these fillings offer.

  • Added Durability – Amalgam fillings need to settle into the cavities of your teeth. On the other hand, tooth-colored fillings are painted layer by layer into the cavity. As they bond better with your teeth, they are less likely to fall out.
  • Protection for Healthy Teeth – Traditional fillings may mandate drilling into your healthy teeth. However, tooth-colored fillings are painted onto your teeth, ensuring that the structure of your healthy teeth remains intact.
  • Beautiful, Natural-Looking Smile – Whenever you smile, you no longer have to worry about others noticing your fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are better looking and give you a chance to fully express yourself.
  • Easy Repair – Amalgam fillings need to be completely replaced if damaged. Composite fillings, on the other hand, can be repaired without your dentist having to take them out.

The Procedure for Tooth Colored Fillings

Fillings are used as part of different dental procedures. Like traditional fillings, tooth colored fillings are used after your dentist removes decay from your tooth to seal it and protect it against future caries. This is why the procedure includes local anesthesia to numb the pain first. At Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox’s dental office in Swedesboro, NJ, we offer two types of tooth-colored fillings:

  • Porcelain – Porcelain fillings are very popular tooth-colored fillings. They are more resistant to stains as compared to composite resin-based fillings. If you take good care of them and maintain proper oral hygiene, they can last for up to several decades. However, they are comparatively less popular as minor reshaping and molding of the teeth may be necessary to ensure a proper fit. Moreover, they are not as strong.
  • Composite Resin – Your teeth will not require reshaping, drilling or molding if you intend on getting composite resin fillings placed in your cavities. These fillings are tooth-colored and made of resin and glass particles. After your dentist applies them onto your teeth, they are hardened using a curing light.

To schedule a consultation or get more information on tooth colored and mercury free fillings, call us now at 856 467 1100 or visit 1507 Kings Highway Route 605, Swedesboro, NJ 08085. We are looking forward to help you fall in love with your smile.