Tooth Colored Dental Fillings
Knoxville and Maryville TN
Do you have a cavity that needs a dental filling? Dental advancements are continually evolving, and modern dentistry provides tooth-colored and natural restorative options to patients. We no longer resort to amalgam (silver/mercury) fillings to repair cavities. That dated procedure is still available in some dental offices, but you will not find that treatment option at Crestview Dental Care. Instead, your Maryville family dentists offer a composite (tooth-colored) material that is safer, more durable, and longer lasting.
What are composite Fillings?
The composite material is a mixture of glass and plastic, referred to as a resin. It is both safe and durable when used to repair cavities. The composite material expands and contracts along with your teeth when exposed to the temperature changes that occur every time you eat and drink. This dynamic helps prevent your teeth from cracking and breaking. Our composite resin also is tooth-colored so that it blends in nicely with your other teeth. We can match the shade of each composite filling to your surrounding teeth, making it all but indistinguishable in your mouth. That means no shiny silver fillings when you smile and laugh!
Is amalgam safe?
Amalgam consists of various metal components, including mercury, which can be highly toxic in large doses. While these metal fillings are in your teeth, they emit mercury vapors that are absorbed into your bloodstream. Mercury can have adverse health effects on your body, including cognitive issues and neurological disorders.
Should I have my amalgam Fillings removed?
Having your amalgam fillings removed depends on several factors:
- Leaking around the edges
- Cracks or breaks in the filling
- Unresolved medical concerns
- The restoration becoming loose or weakened
- Rusting in the mouth
- Aesthetic concerns when you smile
If you have an old amalgam filling that is causing any of the above issues and it needs to be replaced, a composite filling is a better alternative to repairing your tooth back to its natural state. Plus, with composite fillings, you won’t have to worry about your teeth looking gray or stained from the old metal fillings.
Some patients are simply concerned with the aesthetics of their smile and wish to have their old silver fillings removed and replaced with a composite material. If cosmetics is a concern for you, composite fillings will help provide you with the beautiful smile that you desire.
Composite Fillings in Maryville
If you believe your silver fillings could be causing you adverse health problems, discuss this with the Crestview Dental Care team at your next check-up or call us today! Dr. Tommy Spears, Dr. Jake Goza, and Dr. Nia Zacharia are all trained to safely remove old silver (mercury) fillings and replace them with restorations made of a tooth-colored composite resin that provides a safer alternative.
We welcome patients of all ages to our family dental practice serving the areas of Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee. Visit us today with your family. To learn more about the benefits of composite fillings, or to schedule a consultation, please call (865) 982-1700.