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At Clark Dental Studio, our goal is to help you achieve a beautiful smile without the inconvenience of costly and complex treatments. Our beautiful tooth-colored fillings are a cost-effective way to keep your teeth healthy and correct certain cosmetic dental problems.
Until recently, metallic (amalgam) fillings were one of the only options we had to fill a cavity and provide a stronger, healthier tooth. Amalgam is still a safe and effective material for use in certain situations, but today we can fill cavities using tooth-colored fillings that restore your tooth and look completely natural.
One of the main reasons we choose dental composites for our filling material is that they can be customized to closely match your tooth’s natural color. Once these fillings are expertly placed by Dr. Clark, they blend perfectly with surrounding dental enamel. No one will notice the repair – just a beautiful, healthy tooth.
Amalgam fillings are still an excellent solution in certain situations. The problem is that fillings can appear as dark spots on teeth that are visible when you smile. In addition, amalgam fillings gradually discolor teeth over time, causing teeth to take on a darker, bluish hue.
Tooth-colored fillings not only repair the damage and strengthen the tooth, they look great doing it. The process we use to place composite fillings bonds the material securely to the tooth structure, which increases the overall strength of the tooth being restored.
On the other hand, amalgam fillings sit in the space inside your tooth and do not bond to your natural teeth. Older amalgam fillings can break down and pull away from the edges of the natural tooth enamel. This slight shrinkage creates a space where bacteria can collect, leading to more serious dental problems that may require a root canal to fix.
Since tooth-colored fillings look so natural, we can use them for a procedure called dental bonding, which has many cosmetic uses:
Tooth-colored composite fillings are very popular with our patients because they look clean and natural and do not create the esthetic problems associated with dark amalgam fillings. At Clark Dental Studio, we choose them because they’re another tool available to us for improving and protecting your oral health in a healthy, conservative, cost-effective way.
If you have a damaged tooth, we'll be happy to talk to you about composite fillings or other options that may be more appropriate for you. Please call our Chattanooga dental office for more information or to schedule a convenient appointment with Dr. Clark.