Is there a flash of silver when you laugh or smile thanks to dark colored fillings made of metal? Are you so bothered by them that you’re afraid to let others see your teeth? Better known as amalgams, these fillings are made from a wide variety of metals, including small amounts of silver and mercury. In fact, some have expressed concern over the ingredients, but the ADA has ruled that they are indeed safe for use.
Still, there are other reasons that many dentists, like Dr. Lucas, have moved away from metal fillings and towards tooth-colored fillings. The first and most obvious reason has to do with esthetics. Healthy and natural-looking, tooth-colored fillings are made of durable composite resin that can be custom-shaded and bonded to teeth. The second reason has to do with the way they support oral health. Tooth-colored fillings support the tooth’s natural structure in a way metal fillings don’t. This, in turn, lets you keep more of your natural smile. What’s more, tooth-colored fillings are immune to temperature changes in a way that metal fillings aren’t. That means they’re less likely to become brittle or to break.
Because of all this, with your completed tooth-colored fillings in place, you can look forward to enjoying results that are strong, esthetically pleasing, and virtually undetectable. But are they right for you and your situation? To find out, please contact Dr. Lucas’ Naples, FL dental office to reserve a consultation appointment.