There was a time, not so many years ago, dentists did not have available the dental materials and technology they have today and thus patients did not have the choices when it came to fillings. Silver fillings were used exclusively throughout dentistry. Tooth-colored fillings opened up possibilities because they were able to restore and also mimic the appearance of natural tooth.
Today’s composite resins, or tooth-colored filings, not only restore fractured or decayed teeth but may also be used to change the size and shape of teeth as needed. This has become a relatively simple solution for fixing teeth and improving patients’ smiles.
Tooth-colored fillings are used more often now than amalgam or gold fillings, likely due to the natural look. They are durable and fracture-resistant in small to mid-size fillings and can be placed in either front or back teeth. In addition to this composite being used for fillings and for perfecting size and shape of a tooth, it’s also a good choice for discoloration and imperfections on a tooth.
Tooth-colored composite material is a non-invasive, cost-effective option with immediate results. The results can be a nearly perfect match to the natural tooth enamel. You can see an example of tooth-colored composite here on our website.