Cosmetic fillings for cavities and stained, chipped or irregular teeth, are composite resin dental fillings. These fillings mimic the appearance of natural teeth and are used when a natural appearance is important. Traditional dental fillings such as gold, porcelain, and composite/amalgam are still useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing (such as in the back of the mouth). Although composites were produced initially for cosmetic purposes, and used most commonly in the front teeth, they are used increasingly in the back molars that require more strength. Nowadays the cosmetic fillings used on front teeth are more polished, while the fillings used on back teeth are made with a stronger material. Properly cared-for cosmetic fillings on front teeth can last a lifetime, but on back teeth they normally last between 7 and 10 years.
The ultimate decision about what to use is best determined in consultation with your doctor. Before your treatment begins, discuss the options with your doctor.
If you already have silver fillings but wish that they would look more natural, you can replace them with composite fillings. For further information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office today.