Many of our Scottsdale patients have asked us about replacing their old metal amalgam fillings with tooth colored fillings. This is actually a very common inquiry. The primary reason our patients ask for this service is that they believe tooth colored fillings are less noticeable than metal fillings. And they are correct! Not only are tooth colored fillings more aesthetically pleasing, but they are also stronger and require less drilling than amalgam fillings. Advantages of tooth colored fillings include:
- They do not appear as obvious as metal amalgam fillings
- They result in a natural look and feel
- They do not show when a person smiles or laughs
- They bond very tightly to teeth
- They are made of a composite resin instead of metal
However, it’s important to mention that not all amalgam fillings should be replaced with tooth colored fillings. We will examine the structure of your affected teeth and determine the size of each of your old metal amalgam fillings to determine whether replacing a filling will be sufficient or if more extensive dental work is required. It is usually possible and not at all complicated to replace old metal amalgam fillings with tooth colored fillings. If you live in Scottsdale, Arizona, please contact Desert Smiles today for an evaluation.