Have you ever admired a bright, white smile and then noticed dark fillings on the back molars? Metal-free fillings, or porcelain-bonded restorations, produce gorgeous, natural-looking smiles while providing stronger, healthier teeth. Once considered purely cosmetic, metal-free fillings are becoming the standard in dental cavity restoration.
Metal fillings are sometimes referred to as silver-mercury fillings or amalgam fillings. These restorations expand and contract with heat or cold and can change shape and leak over time. As a result, they can lead to toothaches, tooth sensitivity, biting pain, and broken teeth.
The FDA warns pregnant women, children, and people with mercury sensitivity against mercury or amalgam fillings.
A metal-free filling is made of tooth-colored composite resin, a plastic material that looks and feels like natural tooth structure. Composite fillings are actually bonded to teeth, producing a solid and unchanging restoration. They also require less removal of healthy tooth structure during preparation, which allows for more conservative repairs.
If you’d like your metal fillings replaced to improve your smile’s appearance and your oral health, let us know. Our restorative dentists can remove metal fillings and place tooth-colored restorations that blend with your natural smile.
Is a Tooth-Colored Filling Your Best Option?
If you have a cavity or a previously-placed metal filling, then find out if a tooth-colored filling is a better option. To schedule a consultation with our dental experts, call Grinnell Street Dental at (307) 672-7567. Located in Sheridan, WY, we also proudly serve the residents of Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.