Say Goodbye to Metal Mouth and Hello to Tooth-Colored Fillings

As dentistry advances, you have more options than ever. Advances like pain-free dentistry make a visit to your dentist more pleasant, and new technologies are improving the process for dental implants, root canals, and more. 

Even something as seemingly simple as a filling has been transformed by progress in dentistry. And at Wilhelm Dental Group in La Plata, Maryland, John Wilhelm, DDS, Eric Wilhelm, DDS, and our team make sure you have access to the latest advancements. That means we offer tooth-colored fillings as part of our cosmetic dentistry services.

In short, getting a cavity filled doesn’t have to mean a dark spot in your smile anymore. Should you consider tooth-colored fillings? Let’s find out. 

The latest in fillings

We’ve come a long way since the amalgam fillings of early dentistry, and thank goodness. Because amalgam fillings are composed of mercury along with another metal (usually tin, copper, or silver), they’ve sparked concerns about toxicity. Even though the evidence says amalgam fillings are generally safe, there’s another concern. 

When your cavities are filled with a metallic solution, the filling is highly visible afterward. If the filling is on your furthest-back molar, that might not be a major concern. But if you have tooth decay in a visible spot in your mouth, the last thing you want is a dark spot that will be visible for decades to come. 

To make fillings less visible, dentists have tried everything from gold to glass. Fortunately, the years of experimentation have delivered results. Today, you have the option to get tooth-colored fillings with a material called composite resin. 

What to expect with tooth-colored fillings

Composite resin fillings are designed to last for years. They’re durable and blend seamlessly with your teeth, meaning they’re virtually invisible. Dr. Wilhelm color-matches the resin to the tooth that needs the filling. That means that once the filling is in place, no one will be able to tell that it’s there.

These tooth-colored fillings require a more involved placement process than amalgam fillings. Specifically, the tooth needs to stay clean and dry as Dr. Wilhelm uses the composite resin to fill your cavity. Fortunately, both of our dentists have extensive experience offering tooth-colored fillings. That means you can rest easy knowing that even though these fillings are trickier to place, we’re experts. 

If you’re interested in getting a cavity filled with this color-matched resin to maintain your smile, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our team here at The Wilhelm Dental Group. Call our office or schedule your visit online today. 

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