Tooth decay has always been one of the most common oral health problems. It’s caused by the accumulation of harmful bacteria on the surfaces of teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will help you control the production and spread of these bacteria, but even the best brushers and flossers develop a cavity or two. When that happens, treatment is typically administered with a filling.
For decades, dentists used an amalgam filling. Amalgams are made from a variety of metals, ensuring their durability. Once in place, an amalgam filling can be expected to last for years to come.
Amalgams do have some drawbacks, though. First, they have a dARK, unattractive color. Second, they’re sensitive to changes in temperature. This leads to cracking and even bacterial reinvasion at a later point.
Today, amalgam fillings have largely been abandoned for an alternative solution that's superior cosmetically, as well as from a restorative standpoint. They’re known as composite or tooth-colored fillings.
As the name suggests, tooth-colored fillings can be shaded to match the color of your smile. Once in place, no one but you and our Aledo dental team will ever know you have them. They’re also durable in ways that amalgam fillings aren’t. For instance, they don’t expand or contract with the temperature. They bond with the tooth in a way that amalgam fillings don’t, and as a result, they’re more supportive of the tooth’s natural structure.
Would you like to learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings? Call ARK Family Dentistry today to ask one of our team members a question or schedule an appointment with Dr. Kovach. We’re dedicated to helping patients in and around Aledo create healthier and more beautiful smiles with tooth-colored fillings.