Composite / Tooth Colored Fillings

We always strive to give our patients a variety of choices in care along with the information they need to make the best decisions. Fillings come in a variety of materials today. Traditionally, they were almost exclusively made of metal. However, Dr. Leon-Guerrero is now able to give patients better smile aesthetics thanks to tooth-colored filling materials.

What are composite fillings made of?

Also known as “white fillings”, composite fillings are made of a combination of powdered glass and acrylic resin. Composite fillings are shaded to match your natural teeth color, allowing them to blend in with your smile seamlessly. They are a great solution for small to medium cavities and for use in the front teeth.

How long do tooth colored fillings last?

Longevity in composite fillings is dependent on many factors, such as the location in the mouth, the chewing and bite force the filling is subjected to, and the original size of the cavity. Most tooth-colored fillings last from 7-10 years (although some last beyond 10 years).

Composite Fillings vs. Amalgam

There was a time when amalgam (a mixture of metals) was the only material available for filling teeth. Now we have a variety of materials available us to restore teeth. How do you know if a white or silver-colored filling is right for you?

Benefits of Composite Resin (“White Fillings”)

  • Better aesthetics – blend in with natural teeth
  • Does not expand or contract with temperature changes
  • Versatile – great for chipped teeth
  • Preserves more of your natural teeth
  • Metal free – (although amalgam fillings have been found to be safe, some people would still rather not have metal in their mouths)

Benefits of Amalgam (“Silver-Colored Fillings”)

  • Less expensive
  • Structural strength
  • Great for larger cavities
  • Suitable for back teeth which withstand the most bite force

Our most important job is to help you make the best choices for your care. Please call us at Jennifer Leon-Guerrero, DMD in Modesto CA Office Phone Number 209-544-3413 for more information about choosing the right filing for your teeth.

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