Repair Cavities with Tooth-Colored Fillings in Corpus Christi
When you develop a cavity or have sustained a small bit of damage to one of your teeth, a tooth colored filling is an excellent solution. Unlike their silver counterparts, white fillings blend flawlessly with the rest of your smile -- because you really shouldn’t have to worry about marring your smile with a noticeable silver spot just because you’ve got a cavity. Tooth colored fillings are an excellent restorative solution. Dr. Pitarra provides this option for patients of all ages.
Silver Fillings vs. White Fillings
For decades, amalgam fillings have been the standard in cavity repair. They offered durable smile restoration for those patients who experienced minor decay, chips, and cracks in teeth. However, these silver fillings have a number of drawbacks, including:
- A noticeably unnatural appearance within the smile
- A tendency to expand and contract with temperature changes, damaging remaining dental structure
- The silver filling is connected to the tooth with a layer of dental cement, which can break down over time, leading to further decay or loss of the filling
Our practice prefers composite resin fillings instead. This tooth-colored filling material offers cosmetically superior results and a stronger, more stable restoration overall. Composite resin is placed directly onto the damaged tooth, shaped into position to restore the natural form, and hardened into place with a curing light. With proper care, these white fillings last as long as or longer than traditional amalgam fillings, and they preserve greater amounts of natural dental structure -- and that’s always a good thing.
There is one other thing to note regarding the difference between silver and white fillings. While the FDA has approved amalgam for use in dentistry, many patients are increasingly worried about the potential for mercury exposure from silver fillings. Composite resin is a biocompatible mixture made of smooth glass and plastic particles, restoring your natural tooth without putting your overall health at potential risk.
Some patients want to know whether or not they should have their existing healthy silver fillings replaced with white ones. The answer is, it depends on how proactive you wish to be. Silver fillings will eventually fail, as no dental restoration can be expected to last forever. But the troubling fact is that silver fillings often hide breaks, cracks, and further decay -- and this damage may even go undetected on an x-ray. So when deciding whether or not you should replace your silver fillings, know that it’s a simple procedure that can save you time, money, and discomfort in the long run.
Cosmetic Bonding With Composite Resin
In addition to restoring spots of decay, the same composite resin used in tooth-colored fillings can also be used to make minor cosmetic improvements. Chipped, cracked, stained, or slightly gapped teeth can be improved with composite resin. Cosmetic bonding is performed in a single visit to the dentist’s office, for a faster, more affordable option compared to other services in cosmetic dentistry.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you’d like to learn more about tooth colored fillings, filling replacement, or cosmetic bonding, don’t wait to get in touch with Dr. Pitarra. We can repair and enhance your smile with composite resin! Schedule your appointment today.