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Tooth-colored Fillings

Tooth-colored Fillings

Fillings don’t have to ruin your smile. If you have a cavity, you have choices.

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are a mix of mercury, tin, silver and copper. They are considered the strongest available material to use in your back teeth, where chewing and possibly grinding (bruxism) exert enormous pressure. Amalgam fillings are still the go-to option of many dentists. It is fast, easy and economical.

The American Dental Association and the FDA both say that over 100 years of studies have proven amalgam fillings safe and long-lasting.

Insurance will most likely cover your amalgam fillings.

 

Tooth-colored Fillings

Some people have raised concerns about the health and safety of amalgams and many consider them unattractive, especially on visible, front teeth.

White, tooth-colored fillings (made from ceramic and plastic compounds) have become increasingly popular and give practically invisible restoration results.

Composite (tooth-colored) fillings were not always considered strong enough to handle the pressure of back teeth, though now, newer materials have improved their durability.

Since they are aesthetically more pleasing, tooth-colored composite material is most often used on front teeth. They form a strong and durable bond and are virtually invisible, assuring you a beautiful smile.

All fillings do eventually require replacement, no matter what type, and the benefit of amalgam fillings is their long life.

 

Insurance Considerations

Before your visit, contact your insurance provider to ensure that they cover composite fillings. While many companies have realized the benefits that tooth-colored fillings provide to dental patients’ self-esteem and dental care, some still do not cover composite fillings in all areas of the mouth. The front-most teeth are normally covered; however, some patients might have to pay out-of-pocket for composites used on their rear teeth.

At Acadian Dental in Houston, TX, we strive to be your go-to provider for forms of general dentistry, including tooth-colored fillings, to give you the appearance and confidence you deserve.