Almost every adult in this country will have at least one cavity in his or her lifetime. But the good news is that there is a filling option that is much more aesthetically pleasing than the amalgam fillings of the past. Although metal fillings were effective at filling cavities and preventing decay from spreading, tooth-colored fillings mean a better, more appealing option for treating dental decay.
Your dentist in Charlotte, Dr. Justin Harlow, invites you to come in and see if tooth-colored fillings are right for you. Here are some additional benefits to these tooth-colored, or composite, fillings that might surprise you.
#1—You Can Have More Self-Confidence
Chances are, you never gave your fillings much thought—even if you had gray metal fillings that were visible every time you opened your mouth. With a tooth-colored filling, it blends in so well with your tooth that no one can see it. You can laugh and talk with more confidence knowing that all anyone sees is your white teeth!
#2—Less of your Tooth Needs to Be Removed with Composite Fillings
Unlike with amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings mean more of your tooth can stay intact once the decay is removed. Not only does this protect the strength of your tooth but it also puts you at a decreased risk for having that tooth break in the future. This also means you may not need a dental crown, which frequently happens after metal fillings begin to fracture what little is left of the remaining tooth structure.
#3—Composite Fillings Are Longer Lasting
Tooth-colored fillings are remarkably durable, and they can last 15 years or more with proper care.
Contact Your Dentist in Charlotte
Call Harlow Dental if you have a new cavity or would like to replace your old amalgam fillings with tooth-colored fillings. Make an appointment today!