Tooth-coloured restorations as cavity fillings for tooth decay
Over the years, dental materials and technology have improved tremendously. In the past, when a patient had an area of decay in a tooth, they would have a filling placed to seal the area and prevent further growth. This filling was often silver amalgam formulated with approximately 50% mercury, a toxic substance. Instead, patients now have other choices in materials to fill a cavity. At Harvest Hills Dental Care in East Gwillimbury, Ontario, we are happy to provide tooth-coloured restorations such as white fillings.
What are tooth-coloured fillings?
Tooth-coloured fillings are essentially fillings that use a composite resin material. This material is completely safe and effective at addressing areas of decay. Composite resin is moulded into place within the tooth and cured with a special light. Once hardened, the dentist can file and polish the material, making it look like natural tooth enamel. It can be almost impossible to see the filling without direct attention, making it less obvious that a patient had undergone dental work.
What are the advantages of tooth-coloured fillings for cavities?
Below are just a few of the reasons patients might choose to move forward with tooth-coloured fillings at Harvest Hills Dental Care:
- Improved support for the natural tooth structure
- A seamless and natural appearance that can be difficult to discern from the tooth enamel
- Less sensitivity is often found in other types of dental fillings
- Less removal of natural tooth structure to place dental fillings
- A safer alternative to silver amalgam fillings
- No risk of mercury toxicity
- No risk of expansion and contraction as is seen in silver amalgam fillings
Do you have a cavity in need of repair?
Our East Gwillimbury, ON dental office, provides new and returning patients with outstanding services using state-of-the-art equipment and technology and an unmatched level of care from our welcoming, friendly team. If you have cavities and are curious to learn more about the benefits of tooth-coloured restorations such as white fillings, we invite you to book a visit with the team at Harvest Hills Dental Care. We are conveniently located at 181 Green Lane E, #2, and can be reached at (365) 659-1008 to request an appointment.
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