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Natural Tooth-Colored Fillings vs. Metal Fillings

Last updated 7 years ago

When you have a cavity and your dentist recommends a filling, this procedure is likely the only way to maintain healthy teeth. But it’s important to discuss your options with your cosmetic dentist before agreeing to a filling—fillings will affect both the appearance and integrity of your teeth, and perhaps your overall health.

To learn more about natural tooth-colored fillings and metal fillings, continue reading.

Metal Fillings: Metal fillings have been around in some form or another for a very long time, and have been the only viable option until recently. These fillings are durable, decrease sensitivity to temperature changes, and are easy to apply. But metal fillings have some distinct disadvantages. Most metal amalgam fillings contain trace amounts of mercury; though it’s inconclusive whether these fillings have ill effects on health, mercury itself is known to be hazardous. Also, metal fillings may fill cavities, but they aren’t particularly useful when it comes to repairing other damage to the teeth like cracks or erosion. In fact, metal fillings can expand and contract, causing cracks and fractures.

Tooth-colored Fillings: Tooth-colored fillings have one major undeniable advantage over metal fillings: they look natural.  If you have entirely composite fillings, then no one will be able to tell you ever had dental work. In addition, tooth-colored fillings can actually help preserve or even improve the integrity of the remaining tooth, where metal fillings can actually compromise it. If you receive tooth-colored fillings, then you’ll have a smile that is not only strengthened, but also looks completely natural.

Visit Smile Studio to learn more about tooth-colored fillings. Located in New York City, our office specializes in cosmetic dentistry, from fillings to dental implants and veneers. We also offer restorative and orthodontic services.

Visit us online or call us at (212) 688-3838 to schedule a consultation with our dentists today.


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