Have your teeth been damaged by tooth decay? Or are your old silver or amalgam fillings making you feel self-conscious? Tooth-colored fillings might be your best bet. White fillings offer many advantages over the traditional silver or mercury fillings, restoring your decayed teeth to optimum health.
How Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Help My Teeth?
A special type of dental resin makes up tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Fuming Li will apply the resin to the surface or inner structure of the tooth, depending on which part is suffering from decay. Dr. Li ensures that the resin closely resembles the color of your surrounding teeth, allowing it to blend with the existing structure.
Fillings treat cracks, cavities and deep holes that can form in your teeth. They do as their name suggests—fill in the spaces where enamel and dentin have been lost.
Advantages Of Composite Fillings
White fillings come in an array of different shades, allowing Dr. Fuming Li to match them closely to the color of your teeth. Our patients tend to prefer them to the traditional silver fillings, as they enjoy being free from a silver smile.
Some other advantages of tooth-colored fillings include:
- No increase in temperature sensitivity
- Prevents further damage to teeth
- Strengthen damaged teeth
- Metal and mercury-free
Can I Replace My Current Silver Filling With Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Yes! Until fairly recently, dentists filled cavities with a mercury and silver amalgam. While this material is effective in replacing decayed dentin or enamel, they often weaken the tooth because they require the dentist to remove a large portion of the original tooth prior to filling.
Mercury was and still is a popular choice for dental amalgam fillings due to its durability. But many patients feel uncomfortable with the idea of having any amounts of mercury in their mouths, given some recent discoveries on the dangers of the material. Dr. Li wants you to feel comfortable with your smile, which is why he can remove old mercury fillings and replace them with composite, tooth-colored fillings.
Find Out Your Candidacy For White Fillings
You may qualify for tooth-colored fillings to restore your tooth to its natural shape and strength. Contact our practices in Voorhees and Millville today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fuming Li and discover if white fillings are the solution you need to rejuvenate your smile.