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Light Cured White Dental Fillings
No More Dark Metal Fillings: Get Tooth Colored Fillings That Bond Stronger, Last Longer
Composite resins, or “tooth colored dental fillings,” have several advantages over metal fillings. The composite bonds to the tooth structure, so the filling adds strength and protects the tooth. In addition, composite restorations allow us to restore teeth to their original shape and color.
Where does the “light cured” part come in? A dental curing light is used to “cure” or harden the filling in a fraction of the time of a conventional filling. Light cured composite fillings are stronger and less likely to break down over years of use.
Light Cured Composite Fillings vs. Silver Amalgam Fillings
Tooth-colored composite fillings look more natural than the old silver fillings—and that’s important. It helps you smile with confidence when you like how your smile looks. Even more important, though, is the health of your teeth.
A filling is designed to stop decay and protect the exposed tooth from further damage. In the past, silver amalgam fillings have served this purpose. Although these dental fillings are typically the least expensive solution, silver amalgams have many disadvantages over the latest composite “white” fillings.
Silver amalgam dental fillings may actually fracture the tooth when exposed to hot and cold, by continually expanding and contracting within the tooth structure. This can lead to cracks or loosening of the filling, allowing decay to enter the tooth. If this happens, the decay can continue undetected and uncontrolled until the nerve of the tooth is actually damaged. At this point, a root canal is often the only means available to save the tooth.
Cracked teeth and leaking, worn-out dental fillings compromise the health of your mouth, and ultimately your overall general health.
Get stronger, longer-lasting fillings that enhance the look of your smile. Give us a call today at (316) 634-0990. You can also use the form to schedule an appointment.