Today's Dental of Boxborough

Invisible Fillings Instead of Silver

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAWhen it comes to cavities, the most common material used to treat and fill them is silver amalgam fillings. When you think of fillings, most people think of silver because it has been used to fill cavities for over 150 years. Amalgam is one of the most durable restorative materials used in dentistry.

Amalgam is affordable and it can endure for years, but…it doesn’t look good. Invisible fillings are made from composite resin that matches your natural tooth color. This means that no one will be able to see you fillings when you choose composite or invisible fillings.

Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored plastic mixture and glass. Previously they were only used to restore the front teeth, but as technology evolves, they have become stronger, so today they can be used on any teeth.

Today's invisible fillings look more natural, are stronger and tougher, and are more versatile. This means they can be used to restore small- to mid-sized cavities, reshape chipped teeth and broken teeth, and replace silver amalgam fillings There are additional benefits to composite fillings. If you have sensitive teeth, composite fillings may make them less sensitive to hot and cold. And with composites, more of your tooth structure stays intact – that’s not the case with silver fillings. Composite fillings are also easily fixable if they’re damaged.

For more information on invisible fillings, contact Today’s Dental.