If you are going to be getting a filling at your next dental appointment, it’s important to consider your options. In the past, you didn’t have much of a choice about what type of filling you would receive, it was all metal amalgam. But now that we’ve stopped using metal amalgam, there are several options for fillings that look attractive and are healthy for your teeth.
But of all the filling options, ceramic fillings are the best.
Stronger and More Durable
Tooth-colored fillings come in two main types: resin composite and ceramic. Resin composite fillings are a soft plastic that is blended with ceramic or glass to help make them stronger. These fillings are good. They bond with your teeth, helping to seal a cavity against leakage to prevent decay around the filling. But, in general, they don’t last as long as other fillings, such as metal amalgam.
Ceramic fillings, on the other hand, are made of advanced materials that are much stronger than pretty much any other ceramic you’re used to. When these ceramics are bonded to your teeth, they not only create a good seal, they can actually restore lost strength to your tooth. And these fillings are highly durable–they can last even longer than metal amalgam.
Not to Mention Beautiful
And we shouldn’t focus too much on the beauty of ceramic fillings, but we have to mention it at least in passing. They are gorgeous, so much like your natural tooth enamel, that many people can’t tell the difference between them and your natural teeth.
And their beauty endures, too. While resin fillings can become discolored in a relatively short period of time, ceramic fillings are sealed against staining compounds in the mouth, so they maintain their beauty for years, even decades.
And Now They’re Convenient, Too
One of the biggest reasons why people didn’t get ceramic fillings more in the past is that they had to be made in a lab and delivered to us at a later time. That meant you had to wear a temporary for a week or two, then visit our office for a separate fitting.
But now with our CEREC system, we’re able to manufacture your ceramic fillings right in our office while you wait. It still takes a little while longer than resin fillings, but it doesn’t require a second visit, and the results are amazing.
Of Course, Prevention Is Best
As good as ceramic fillings are, they’re still not as good as your natural tooth enamel. We encourage all our patients to focus on protecting their natural teeth with good oral hygiene at home and regular dental checkups. That way, you don’t need fillings and you can keep enjoying the natural beauty of your teeth for a lifetime. We even offer Perio Protect, a remarkable approach to treating gum disease that can dramatically improve the health of your gums.
If you are looking for a dentist in Columbus, OH that can help with a full range of preventive and restorative dentistry, please call (614) 848-5001 for an appointment with Dr. Michael Firouzian at the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.