Austin’s Tooth Colored Restorations
At 12 Oaks Dental, we want to ensure not only good oral health for our patients; we also want to help them achieve the most attractive smiles possible. After all, a nice smile has a positive impact on your self-esteem and the way other people view you. Those are just some of the reasons why we use composite fillings that are mercury-free and resemble your natural tooth color. Tooth colored fillings are one of the many services that we are pleased to provide for our patients from throughout the Austin, TX, area.
The Difference between Metal Fillings and Composite Fillings
In the past, dental fillings were sometimes created of gold but most often, they were made of a grayish amalgam material that usually contained about 50% mercury. Today those silver amalgam fillings are stirring up quite a controversy. We don’t like the idea of taking chances with our patients’ health and have chosen not to use them. Metal fillings also expand and contract with temperature changes leaving your teeth vulnerable to cracking and allowing bacteria to creep in. Another disadvantage to silver amalgam is that it can darken over time. In fact, after several years, the silver material can actually appear black in color – not exactly the color most people would prefer for their teeth!
Our modern composite fillings contain no metal so you never have to worry about toxic or heavy metals leaching into your system. The composite material starts out tooth colored and stays that way for as long as you have the filling in your mouth. In fact, we tint our composite fillings and match them to your natural tooth shade so no one can see that you have had a filling at all! Composite is also extremely strong and versatile, typically lasting for many years.
Contact Our Office Today
For more information about tooth colored fillings, or to schedule an appointment, call our Austin, TX, office today. If you are concerned about the metal fillings in your mouth, we would be happy to discuss replacing them with our composite fillings.