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Tooth Colored Fillings in Kettering

When a tooth is compromised by decay and has a cavity that requires treatment, there are several options. If you were born before 1980 and have had a filling, you probably have a silver colored filling. As the science of dentistry has advanced, tooth colored filling materials have become the material of choice for teeth requiring conservative treatment. In addition to blending cosmetically, a tooth colored filling can be placed more conservatively than its silver counterpart, saving tooth structure. Tooth colored fillings also don't expand or contract with temperature, which can lead to tooth fracture over time. Composite fillings are also made from biocompatible materials that are safe for use within the body, while the silver fillings contain trace amounts of mercury.

Although there are many benefits to tooth colored fillings it is important to know that temporary sensitivity to temperature is not uncommon. This sensitivity is normally only present for a few weeks but can last longer in some patients.

While tooth colored fillings are not perfect, they are an improvement cosmetically, contain no harmful components and strengthen weakened teeth, allowing a patient to maintain their oral health for a lifetime.

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