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Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-Colored Resin Fillings

Tooth decay is the most frequently occurring dental health issue for kids and adults, and in many cases, dental fillings are the best way to treat it. In the past, metal amalgam was the filling material of choice due to its strength and durability. Yet, despite metal amalgam’s strength, composite resin fillings offer several advantages over metal in both appearance and the long-term health and integrity of your tooth. Whether you’ve only recently developed a cavity or have had a metal filling for years, ask Dr. Lawson about the benefits of choosing a tooth-colored filling instead.

A Better Way to Treat Cavities

A cavity, or hole in your tooth, is caused by the spread of tooth decay, and the point of a dental filling is to “fill” the hole and restore your tooth’s strength. Metal amalgam achieves this admirably, but over time, the metal can expand and damage the tooth, or contract and leave the tooth vulnerable to further bacterial infection. By contrast, tooth-colored composite resin bonds securely to the structure of your tooth and retains its shape even years after it has been placed. In addition to blending in discreetly with the surrounding dentition, a resin filling also improves the long-term health of the tooth, and reduces the risk of recurring decay.

Cavities may not be reversible, but with a tooth-colored filling, we can make yours virtually disappear and not come back! Find out if you can benefit from a tooth-colored filling by calling Lawson Family Dentistry in Urbandale, IA, today at 515-278-4366.

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