This post from Winston-Salem Dental Group is about white fillings as an alternagive to those unsightly silver fillings.
Can you remember what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, people with you could see only pearly white molar surfaces.
If you are like many, you started developing cavities fairly young and they were repaired with silver amalgam fillings – the standard procedure at the time. As the years went by, two fillings became three. Then three fillings may have become four. Now when you open wide—others see a mouthful of metal.
Fortunately, people with silver amalgam fillings can regain the smile of their youth. The replacement of silver fillings with composite tooth-colored fillings is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure that can transform a smile as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatment.
Composite fillings are fabricated with a mixture of glass or quartz and resin which results in a natural tooth-colored material. They are very strong when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.
Hopefully, you don’t have a new cavity. But if you do, you can start off with a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic advantages over silver, the preparation requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure.
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