If you’re in pursuit of the perfect white smile, you may think that the only option when it comes to fillings are white fillings. And while white fillings (otherwise known as composite fillings) are indeed an ideal solution for filling small cavities, they do have some disadvantages when used in other applications.
The first of these is that composite fillings shrink as the material sets, which means that over time you may experience tooth sensitivity. Also, because the material shrinks it will have to be replaced more frequently than other options.
Another common complaint dentists hear is that composite fillings don’t feel natural. Part of this is due to the fact that the material is shrinking, as already mentioned. But another reason is that the material does not react to hot and cold temperatures the same way that your natural enamel does, which also creates tooth sensitivity. But here’s the main reason the material doesn’t feel natural – because it’s not – it’s synthetic. And this means the man-made material will wear down faster than your natural teeth.
But you do have another option. It’s called CEREC and it can be used to fill larger cavities without the downsides already mentioned that come hand in hand with composite fillings. And best of all? It not only feels and looks like your natural teeth, it’s made from natural materials and it’s more durable than composite fillings.
But wait, there’s even better news! If you have silver fillings and want them replaced with tooth-colored restorations, that can be accomplished in two easy appointments.
At A Smile 4 U, we are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and tooth colored restorations create fillings that are not only beautiful and virtually undetectable, but also add strength to weakened teeth.
At our practice, you aren’t just a patient. We take an interest in you and your oral health needs. Make an appointment today to learn more about the many options and services that A Smile 4 U offers to give you the smile you’ve been dreaming of!