Tooth-Colored Fillings in Hartford, CT
Damaged teeth don’t just affect your oral health or appearance of your smile. If you have ever had a cavity or a broken tooth, you know it can impact your quality of life. Your confidence is lessened because you feel self-conscious, and simple things like eating become a challenge.
At JP Dental, we always want the very best for our patients. That’s not just about great oral health care, either. We want you to be able to enjoy life fully, without worrying about dental problems and the way they make you look and feel about yourself.
We always look for the most conservative and cost-effective solutions for patients with damaged teeth. Options like tooth-colored and amalgam (silver) fillings are great solutions for restoring decayed teeth and helping you smile again with confidence.
Naturally Beautiful Tooth-Colored Fillings
When teeth are properly cared for, they’re strong, resilient, and highly functional. The ideal material for a dental filling should mimic this strength and durability when subjected to everyday wear and tear. The restoration should also be durable, relatively easy to place, and cost effective.
Tooth-colored restorations fulfill many of these criteria. They are bonded directly to the surface of the tooth, creating a secure fit with the natural tooth. The bonding process eliminates the need to remove a lot of tooth structure to accommodate the restoration.
This conservative approach leaves more of your own natural tooth structure in place, so it remains strong and intact. Additionally, the resin used for our restorations looks like dental enamel and can be closely matched to the shade of your natural teeth.
The material used for tooth-colored fillings is also quite versatile. In addition to restoring decayed teeth, composite resin is also very effective for repairing broken, cracked, or chipped teeth.
Durable Amalgam (Silver) Fillings
Amalgam is a highly durable material that has been safely used by dentists for over 100 years. Some people also refer to amalgam as silver fillings. The word amalgam simply refers to a combination of metals, including silver, tin, and copper.
Since amalgam is such a durable material, it is often used for large cavities that require more support. We also use amalgam fillings for molars, which must withstand a lot of force while chewing. Unlike tooth-colored fillings, amalgam is noticeable when placed, which is why we use it mainly on teeth that are not obvious when you smile.
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If you're interested in learning more about our filling options and which is appropriate for you, please contact our Hartford dental office. We’ll be happy to talk to you about the advantages of both types of fillings as well as other solutions that might be more appropriate in your case.