More and more patients are wanting fillings that blend more naturally with the color of their teeth.
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide a much more aesthetically pleasing option for filling cavities. Composite resins provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small to medium sized fillings. Composites may be used in the front or back of the mouth. When used in the front teeth, patients need to avoid sheer stress on the teeth that have been bonded with composite resin; i.e., no snapping carrots or biting fingernails around this type of dental work.
Tooth-colored fillings are used more often now than amalgam (metal fillings) or gold fillings, probably due to aesthetics; however, those options are available if necessary.
The best plan is not to ever need a filling in the first place. Dr. Huggins’ office stresses prevention as the best medicine. The best way to decrease your risk of cavities and other dental disease is by: