Back in the day, in order to treat a cavity, patients had to receive a highly noticeable and unattractive metal filling that highlighted their damaged tooth. Not only were these less reliable than the modern composite resin fillings we use today, but they also commonly resulted in tooth discoloration and dental sensitivity. Dr. Salibian is proud to protect his patients’ teeth without making them lose the aesthetic appeal of their grin.
If you're embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark fillings in your teeth, you may be a good candidate for tooth-colored fillings. Composite resin can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state once placed in the tooth. These fillings offer several advantages over traditional silver or amalgam fillings.
Because composite resin fillings are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another pro is that the biocompatible bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Best of all, composite resin fillings allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgam fillings. We believe in conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.
Some patients experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from composite resin fillings. The only caution we usually mention is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolor your filling.
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