In the past, the only way to repair a cavity was to tarnish a white smile with amalgam/metal fillings. Advances in dental materials have given us a strong, aesthetic alternative. Tooth-colored fillings restore teeth to their natural beauty so you can enjoy a healthy smile for life.
When compared to amalgams, tooth-colored fillings have many benefits, the most obvious of them being aesthetics. Because they're not made of metal, tooth-colored fillings can be blended to match your tooth shade. Another benefit is that the composite resin material creates a strong tooth-filling bond that supports the remaining tooth structure better than metal/amalgam. In addition, tooth-colored fillings allow us to preserve more of your natural tooth structure, which will benefit you in the long run.
As with metal fillings, some patients experience mild sensitivity after receiving tooth-colored fillings. In most cases, the sensitivity is transitory and will subside within 24 hours. The only other caution we mention is that tooth-colored fillings, like teeth, are susceptible to stains. To maintain a bright, healthy smile, we recommend that most patients have their fillings replaced about every ten years.
To learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, call Dr. Tang's Long Beach dental office to schedule your appointment. We provide residents of Long Beach, Lakewood, and Carson with aesthetic, functional dentistry for smiles that last.