A common and widely misunderstood dental treatment is tooth-colored fillings. These restorations are designed to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing and functional solution for repairing cavities. However, there are a few myths and misconceptions surrounding these fillings that can create unnecessary anxiety for patients. We aim to debunk some of these common myths and provide you with accurate information.
Myth 1: Tooth-Colored Fillings Are Not as Durable as Silver Amalgam Fillings
One of the most persistent myths is that tooth-colored fillings aren’t as durable as silver amalgam fillings. In reality, advances in dental materials and technology have significantly improved the strength and longevity of composite fillings. When placed correctly and maintained properly, tooth-colored fillings can last just as long as silver amalgam fillings. The key is to follow good oral hygiene practices and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups.
Myth 2: Tooth-Colored Fillings Are Weaker and Prone to Breaking
Some people believe that composite fillings are more prone to breaking or chipping compared to silver amalgam fillings. This misconception may arise from the fact that tooth-colored fillings are indeed more brittle than metal fillings. However, they are bonded directly to the tooth structure, which provides added support and helps to prevent fractures.
Myth 3: Tooth-Colored Fillings Are Not Suitable for Back Teeth
Another common myth is that tooth-colored fillings are not suitable for molars and premolars because these teeth ensure more significant pressure from chewing. This isn’t accurate. While amalgam fillings might be preferred in specific cases, tooth-colored fillings are a viable option for most cavities, including those in the back teeth. Your dentist will consider factors such as the size and location of the cavity, as well as your personal preferences, when recommending the type of filling that’s best for you.
Myth 4: Tooth-Colored Fillings are Toxic
Some individuals worry that tooth-colored fillings contain harmful chemicals or metals. In reality, composite fillings are primarily made of resin and ceramic particles, making them safe and biocompatible. Unlike silver amalgam fillings, they don’t contain mercury, which has raised concerns among some patients. Tooth-colored fillings are a safe and aesthetically pleasing choice for cavity repair.
Schedule a Tooth-Colored Fillings Consultation
Tooth-colored fillings are a safe, durable, and aesthetically pleasing option for cavity repair. By debunking these common myths, we at The Dentists of Omaha hope to provide you with a better understanding of this popular dental treatment. Contact our offices located in Hillsborough: 402-445-4647, Village Pointe: 402-505-7474, Ralston Square: 402-733-4441, or Dundee: 402-502-5593 or you can fill out our online contact form here.