Composite, tooth-colored fillings, are a fairly modern innovation, which are a restorative dentistry alternative to using amalgam (metal) fillings. The obvious reason for using tooth-colored fillings over amalgam is that they are more aesthetically pleasing. Most people will not even notice that you have fillings at all, which will give you the confidence to smile. Amalgam fillings, because they are metal based, are also affected by hot and cold weather. The result of this is that they can expand or shrink, causing damage to the teeth or resulting in the filling falling out. All of these issues are negated with the use of tooth-colored filling.
Metal fillings are also inflexible, meaning that as you chew your food the cusps of your teeth are flexing and the metal filling is putting pressure on the tooth. In some cases fractures will occur, often undetected, which will eventually cause part of the tooth to crack and fall out. Tooth-colored fillings are glued to the tooth and flex with the cusps of your teeth, preventing the added pressure that causes fracture and breaking. Best of all, you can have tooth-colored fillings on both back and front teeth, without having to worry about how the tooth looks.
Dr. Oliver can provide you and all the family with composite fillings if you have decayed, fractured or broken teeth. The filling is chemically adhered to the damaged tooth or cavity and, unlike with amalgam fillings, the filling will dry within seconds – decreasing the chance of the filling becoming loose or infections setting in. You will also find that sensitivity is lessened and will fade, so that you won't have to worry about using the treated tooth to chew your food.
You will also notice, once your tooth-colored filling has settled in, that the strength of the tooth will return by up to 95%. Dr. Chris Oliver has carried out thousands of these procedures, so you can rest assured that your teeth will look as good as new. If you have off-color teeth, Dr. Oliver will also match your natural color so that the filling does not look out of place and affect your smile. The tooth will have a natural, healthy appearance, giving you the confidence to live your life without having to worry about cavities, fractures or broken teeth. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.