Is there a flash of metal when you laugh or smile due to old metal fillings? You can have a perfectly white, natural-looking smile again with the help of composite fillings.
As part of our array of cosmetic dentistry treatments at Williamsburg Smile Design, we offer tooth-colored fillings for new tooth repairs or to replace metal fillings and give you a healthy looking smile.
For many years, amalgam or metal fillings were commonly used to repair cavities, especially in back molars. However, metal tends to expand and contract over time, causing the filling to break away from the tooth and allow bacteria inside that can cause damage and further breakdown of your tooth.
While composite fillings have been available for decades, but they were typically reserved for front teeth since the material was not as durable as amalgam. Improvements in the technology used to create composite fillings have made the material more durable and even preferable to metal or silver. Increased flexibility protects the tooth from damage that can occur from metal fillings while creating a beautiful, white surface for your teeth.
What Is a Composite Resin?
To create composite fillings, a special resin is created using a combination of specialized plastic and glass compounds. This substance can be applied in layers to fill in areas where tooth material has been removed or lost.
Using a specialized light that heats the resin, each layer is hardened in a matter of minutes. The end result is a strong, durable filling that matches the tooth so perfectly that it is almost impossible to see where the filling begins and ends.
Composite resin is also ideal for repairing other small cosmetic issues such as gaps between teeth, stains and discoloration, small chips and fractures, root exposure due to gum disease, excessive wear, and misshapen teeth. This is called dental bonding, and it’s a non-invasive and cost effective way to repair your teeth and give your smile an esthetic boost.
Contact Williamsburg Smile Design to Learn More
Many people with old metal fillings are having them replaced with white composite material to enhance their smile’s appearance. It can also protect the tooth from the damage that the solid metal filling can cause to the tooth.
If you are interested in removing the old amalgam fillings in your teeth or having new dental work done using white fillings, contact Williamsburg Smile Design today. Make sure to ask about our other cosmetic dental services, including professional teeth whitening in as little as one hour.
We are happy to discuss all your options for repairing and enhancing your smile with you.