Today, the primary materials dentists use for filling cavities are metal amalgam or tooth-colored composite resin.
Silver metal fillings were the standard material used in the past for dental fillings; however, these days, most dentists choose composite resin for several reasons:
- Amalgam fillings require Dr. Shiflett to remove more of your natural tooth to place them correctly. Composite fillings bond directly to your tooth for excellent durability and to preserve more of your natural tooth.
- Metal fillings expand and contract with temperature changes in your mouth, causing them to pull away from your tooth and allow bacteria back in.
- Composite fillings are customizable, so they match your tooth, and no one will ever notice them.
Composite resin is comprised of a mixture of glass and plastic particles that your dentist in Columbus, OH, can also use to restore minor cosmetic concerns like:
- Gaps between teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Excessively worn teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
This procedure is known as dental bonding, a quick and inexpensive way to enhance your smile.
Do you have additional questions about tooth-colored dental cavity fillings in Columbus, OH? Contact Shiflett Family Dental at (614) 262-1807 for answers to your dental questions.