We Recommend Tooth-Colored vs. Silver Fillings for Stability and Superior Aesthetic Appeal

Advances in dentistry now allow practitioners to place tooth-colored fillings in teeth that used to require amalgam fillings. Today, dentists recommend tooth-colored fillings far more frequently than silver fillings because of the strength of tooth-colored composite material and the natural aesthetic appeal that tooth-colored fillings deliver.

Dr. Teddi Olszewski can discuss the benefits of tooth-colored vs. silver fillings with you at her office in Northampton, MA. Many patients now enjoy the benefits of metal-free dentistry without sacrificing strength and durability. 

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Tooth-colored composite fillings blend seamlessly with your smile for an optimal cosmetic effect.

The Aesthetic Appeal of Tooth-Colored Fillings

One of the most significant benefits of tooth-colored fillings is their aesthetic appeal. With tooth-colored fillings, you can smile confidently without the appearance of visible metal. Many patients feel that a natural-looking smile is essential, whether they wish to make a good impression on friends, students, or colleagues.

Your dentist can also help you match tooth-colored fillings to the natural shade of your teeth nearly perfectly. When you come in for your consultation, your dentist can show you the range of shades available and help you select the one that will best blend with your smile. You may also opt to undergo teeth whitening prior to receiving tooth-colored fillings, which will allow you to pick a brighter shade of composite to match your newly brightened teeth.

Metal-Free Dentistry

With today's stronger restorative materials, tooth-colored fillings are viable even for teeth that experience considerable wear and bite force. Most cases that do not require a full dental crown can be addressed with tooth-colored fillings.

Dr. Olszewski frequently recommends tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings because they provide greater aesthetic and functional benefits, along with lasting patient satisfaction.

For many patients, metal-free dentistry is important for more than just aesthetic reasons. Metal restorations are fabricated using mercury and other materials that can negatively affect your oral and general health. Although the filling is solid, many patients are concerned about the possibility of ingesting trace metals as the filling wears down with regular use. Additionally, if these restorations are chipped or broken, you may be at further risk of the effects of ingesting metal substances.

Amalgam Fillings Placement and Repair

Many patients never experience issues with amalgam fillings. If a chip or crack does occur, however, the metals can cause oral and general health problems. It is important to replace or repair these fillings as soon as possible. Ignoring a broken restoration can cause infection or decay in the in the interior of the tooth. Additionally, amalgam fillings tend to expand and contract with temperature changes, causing them to weaken over time.

Tooth-colored fillings, conversely, are highly stable and are negligibly reactive to temperature changes. Tooth-colored fillings also require a minimal amount of dental tissue to be removed prior to placement. Amalgam fillings require the removal of significantly more dental tissue when they are placed.

Let Our Dental Team Help You Decide

Addressing decay and minor damage to your teeth through a dental filling is a simple procedure. However, the restoration material you choose can make a significant difference. Dr. Olszewski frequently recommends tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings because they provide greater aesthetic and functional benefits, along with lasting patient satisfaction. Contact our practice today to speak with us regarding restorative dental care with tooth-colored fillings.

Team at Northampton Family Dentistry

Northampton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Teddi Olszewski and her team view every patient as part of their dental family, providing an unmatched level of personal attention during everything from regular exams to complex cosmetic procedures. We welcome patients from Hadley, Easthampton, and surrounding communities.

Dr. Olszewski is affiliated with the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Massachusetts Dental Society

To book an appointment, request a consultation online or call us at (413) 584-2902.

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