White fillings blend in with your smile in Paxton, MA
Chances are, you are familiar with the silver metal amalgam fillings that were used for many decades in dentistry to repair teeth that had cavities. In addition to sticking out in your smile, metal amalgam expands and contracts, placing unnecessary pressure on the surrounding teeth, and patients have concerns about the toxicity or allergenic properties of metal in their mouth. At Paxton Dental Care, patients in the Paxton, MA area have an effective alternative when it comes to fillings. With tooth-colored composite resin fillings, you can restore the function of your teeth while maintaining their beautiful white appearance so no one needs to know you have had a filling placed.
Benefits of tooth-colored fillings
Patients and Dr. Siemen alike find that tooth-colored composite resin fillings are a great choice for several reasons:
- They look great: composite resin blends in seamlessly with your smile
- They are economical: fillings are one of the most budget-friendly ways to repair a tooth that has been compromised due to decay
- They are tooth-friendly: as mentioned above, the composite resin material does not expand and contract like metal amalgam; in addition, it chemically bonds to the tooth, which effectively seals off the tooth to further decay and offers better long-term protection for the tooth
- They are conservative: with composite resin, oftentimes less tooth structure needs to be removed to place the filling than with metal amalgam
For patients with severe tooth decay, a filling may not be sufficient to repair the tooth because it needs more structural protection than a filling can provide. In this case, Dr. Siemen may recommend an inlay, onlay, or dental crown to restore the tooth’s health and function.
Other uses for composite resin
In addition to serving as a white cavity filling material, composite resin can be used in a procedure called dental bonding. This is a great option for patients who are searching for ways to fix a chipped tooth or hide other imperfections in their smile. When composite resin is used for cracked teeth repair or cosmetic purposes, it can dramatically enhance the appearance of your smile so it looks healthy and vibrant again.
To learn more about the use of composite resin for white fillings or dental bonding to fix a broken tooth, call Paxton Dental Care today at (508) 557-2400 or visit us online to make an appointment.