Fillings are probably the most common dental treatment, aside from regular teeth cleanings. If you still have your natural teeth, chances are you probably have a filling or two in there. They may even be old school metal fillings from the dark days of dentistry’s past. Metal fillings often contain trace amounts of mercury, and they are unstable with changes in temperature, causing them to expand and contract and even crack, leaving room for bacteria and decay to penetrate once again.
Thankfully, today, with advances in modern materials science and technology, we are able to fill cavities and stop decay with a more durable tooth-colored resin that blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Tooth colored fillings can be custom made to match your exact shade, so all anyone will see when you open your mouth is your natural smile. Tooth-colored fillings are more durable than metal and better withstand the forces in your mouth, as well as changes in temperature.