Tooth Coloured Restorations in Toronto, ON
Even when you strive to take great care of your teeth with an excellent home care routine and regular visits to your dentist, many of us will still develop a cavity from time to time. It’s important to stop the progression of decay as soon as possible, and we can often do this with dental fillings.
In the past, a metal material known as amalgam was used to fill cavities and restore teeth. However, amalgam hasn’t always offered the most aesthetic appearance or the best structural integrity for your teeth, which is why composite resin is now our material of choice for dental fillings.
The Problems With Metal Fillings
Besides its unappealing dark grey appearance, there are also structural problems with metal fillings. While metal is a very durable material, it doesn’t bond directly to your tooth. Due to the many temperature changes your mouth experiences each day, this means that over time the metal will expand and contract, and eventually pull away from your tooth.
When your amalgam filling pulls away from your tooth, it allows bacteria back into it causing decay, or sometimes even an infection in your tooth. This is one reason why many patients opt to replace their old metal fillings with composite material.
What is Composite Resin?
Composite resin is a tooth-coloured pliable, yet durable material that bonds directly to your tooth. Not only does this add strength to your tooth, but it also provides longevity to your restoration. Composite can be custom shaded so it will match your tooth and provide a seamless look to your smile.
Since composite is customizable, it can also be used for dental bonding, which can repair minor issues such as:
- Small chipping or fractures
- Excessive wear
- Gaps between teeth
- Changing the shape of misshapen teeth
- Covering discoloration or staining
Talk with your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental if you feel like your teeth might benefit from dental bonding.
Want to Learn More About Tooth-Coloured Fillings?
Composite resin fillings are what we choose for our patients at Toronto Lakeshore Dental because of the health and structural benefits they offer. Our patients love them because of the clean and aesthetic appearance they provide. We’re happy to discuss replacing old amalgam fillings with composite with you, and if you have a tooth in need of repair this is the material that we use and recommend for your oral health.