Tooth-colored fillings are mostly what we call composites. These are taking over from acrylics as the long-term filling materials, because they can match the color of your teeth and last longer. Composites used in dentistry are basically hydrocarbons with quartz and glass particle fillers. Composites are widely used in the aerospace and other industries to provide for lighter strong materials that can be formed into various shapes. Porcelain is the other long term material that we use for crowns and bridges, which are mostly tooth-colored. In the past, porcelain fused to metal or all-metal crowns was the technology for crowning teeth. This technology has served us well and is still the treatment of choice in cases where you have decay or fillings with margins that go below the gums. Porcelain fused to metal is also the technology used to build porcelain bathtubs.
Composite fillings can be used to correct worn down teeth, cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, or even chipped teeth. If you have a problem tooth with any of these symptoms, see a dentist to find out how composite fillings can restore your smile and confidence.
To schedule a consultation to see if composite fillings are right for you, call us today at (336) 841-0000.