Tooth-Colored Fillings in Ann Arbor
These days, tooth decay doesn’t have to leave you with a noticeable silver filing. If you have a new cavity or are embarrassed about the appearance of an old filling, we’ve got good news for you. Tooth colored fillings restore the health of your tooth without marring your smile’s appearance. Made out of biocompatible composite resin, tooth colored fillings are a natural, effective alternative to silver fillings. Dr. James Olsen is happy to offer tooth-colored fillings in Ann Arbor.
What Are Tooth Colored Fillings?
Tooth colored fillings, also called white fillings, fill the hole, or cavity, left by tooth decay. They are made out of a composite resin mixture of smooth plastic and glass particles. Composite resin is a biocompatible material that is highly customizable to match the shade of your surrounding tooth enamel.
How do tooth colored fillings compare to their silver, or amalgam, counterparts? The most significant difference you will notice is in their appearance. White fillings blend with the surrounding teeth, while silver ones are highly visible against white tooth enamel. Tooth colored fillings also dry much more quickly than silver ones. With the application of a special UV light, a white filling can dry in mere minutes. A silver filling, on the other hand, may take up to 12 hours to fully set.
Tooth colored fillings also require less removal of the healthy tooth structure, leaving more of your tooth enamel intact for more conservative dentistry.
Numerous Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
Compared with silver fillings, the advantages of white fillings are significant. They are now the most popular method of restoring teeth from tooth decay.
Some of the benefits of white fillings compared to silver fillings include…
- White fillings are more aesthetically pleasing
- Composite resin bonds securely with the tooth enamel
- No risk for mercury exposure with composite resin
- White fillings dry within minutes
- Tooth colored fillings require less removal of healthy tooth structure
- White fillings make it easier to detect future issues, like a broken or a leaking filling
When You Need Filling Replacement
Just like tooth colored fillings can fill a new cavity, they can also take the place of old, silver fillings. If you are tired of flashing a mouth full of silver every time you laugh, or if you are worried about the potential risks associated with silver fillings (mercury exposure, or hidden decay and breakage), then you may want to consider filling replacement. Contact our office to discuss the need for replacing healthy fillings. It is a simple procedure usually performed in just one appointment at James Olsen DDS.
Schedule An Appointment Today
If you have a new cavity that needs filling, or if you would like to discuss having your old fillings replaced with white ones, please get in touch with your dentist in Ann Arbor. You deserve teeth that are as healthy as they are beautiful, and tooth colored fillings are just one of our treatments helping you achieve both. Schedule an appointment at James Olsen DDS today!