If you’ve had a dental filling in the past, you may remember having silver amalgam fillings. You might still even have metal in your mouth that is visible when you laugh or talk.
Fortunately, today we have the materials to restore teeth that are damaged by decay with a much more durable and aesthetically-pleasing option, which is tooth-colored, composite resin fillings.
Tooth-Colored Fillings for a Beautiful Smile
One of the most significant benefits that tooth-colored fillings in Encinitas offer are that composite resins can be customized to match your teeth color and shape. This means that your filling will be seamless and unnoticeable in your smile.
There are, however, many additional advantages that composite fillings provide over metal fillings. For instance, a tooth-colored composite filling allows you to preserve more of your natural tooth since Dr. Godinez doesn’t have to remove as much tooth structure to place it. Maintaining your natural teeth for as long as possible is always a top priority.
Because your composite filling is bonded directly to your tooth, there is also less breakdown than with a metal filling. Due to the nature of metal amalgam, your filling expands and contracts with the constant temperature changes in your mouth. This eventually causes the restoration to pull away from your tooth, leaving an opening for bacteria to enter the tooth again and cause damage.
Our patients appreciate that composite resin fillings offer both a durable and aesthetic option to restore a decayed tooth.
Why Dental Fillings Are Important
When your tooth sustains decay, a filling restores your tooth and protects it from further damage. If tooth decay is left untreated, it will move further into your tooth until it reaches the nerve and causes an infection.
An infected tooth will need root canal treatment to remove the diseased tissue and alleviate the infection. Root canal treatment is a more complex procedure that could’ve been avoided by being proactive about treating your tooth decay with a dental filling.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Composite resin is a versatile material that can also be utilized to eliminate small cosmetic concerns like:
- Filling spaces between teeth
- Covering stains or discoloration
- Repairing fractured or chipped teeth
- Reshaping small or oddly shaped teeth
Dental bonding in Encinitas is a non-invasive way to make quick improvements to your smile. It also tends to be a less expensive cosmetic dental procedure, making it simple and affordable for you to achieve a beautiful smile.
Do You Have Questions about Dental Fillings in Encinitas?
If you have additional questions about tooth-colored fillings or any other treatment that has been recommended for your smile, please don’t hesitate to contact our Encinitas dental office at (760) 632-2410 for more information.