What are Cosmetic Fillings Made Of?
A cosmetic filling is a procedure that your dentist carries out to improve the aesthetics and, often, the function of your teeth. The cosmetic filling is made from various materials depending on the location of the tooth and which materials the dentist uses at your office. At Porter Dental we can also use the cosmetic filling to stop the spread of decay and help repair a damaged tooth.
There are two types of cosmetic filling that people recognize, which are white or metal fillings. The white fillings are made from what’s known as a composite resin, which is a mixture of plastics and glass; whereas amalgam cosmetic fillings are typically made from mercury and an alloy of silver, tin, and copper.
Composite cosmetic fillings are typically used to fill teeth that are visible, and the resin is matched to the natural color of the tooth. This allows the filling to blend in so that anyone looking at the patient’s teeth will not notice that the difference. Amalgam cosmetic fillings are used to restore function to the teeth. Large cavities may lead to a number of oral health issues including further decay, infection, and sensitivity or pain when eating. An amalgam filling helps prevent further damage to the tooth.
At Porter Dental we provide excellence in cosmetic fillings. Every treatment that we carry out is preceded by a comprehensive examination. This examination is designed to determine which treatments are most suitable for you – including cosmetic fillings. It is our aim to ensure that your treatment plan promotes long-lasting oral health. It is important to us that healthy tooth structure is preserved. We may recommend a range of treatments – often in combination – to combat the effects of decay or infection.
Our team of dentistry professionals listens to any concerns a patient may have, and we positively encourage that you ask questions. For us, maintaining oral health is a joint effort between Porter Dental and the patients who trust us to provide exceptional care. If cosmetic fillings are the most appropriate treatment choice for you, your dentist will carry out the procedure at a time that is convenient for you.
Call the offices of Porter Dental today if you believe that cosmetic fillings will help restore your teeth and improve your oral health. We can bring you in for a dental assessment and determine if providing cosmetic fillings is the correct course of action.