Aerial view of silver amalgam fillings above 3 teeth with tooth-colored composite dental fillings

How Dental Fillings Have Improved

August 31, 2023 2:45 am
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Dental fillings can repair the look and function of damaged and decayed teeth. Over the years, fillings have become more effective, durable, and aesthetically pleasing!

Evolution of Filling Materials

In the past, dental fillings were primarily made of amalgam, a mixture of metals, including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. While amalgam fillings were durable, they had drawbacks in aesthetics and potential health concerns related to mercury toxicity.

Modern dentistry has introduced other tooth-colored filling materials, such as composite resin and porcelain. Composite fillings consist of a blend of plastic and glass particles, allowing them to match the natural tooth. Their aesthetic superiority and durability make them a popular choice for front and back teeth. Porcelain fillings are also aesthetically-pleasing and durable.

Minimally-Invasive Techniques

Advancements in dentistry have improved not only the aesthetics of dental fillings but also the techniques for preparing teeth for fillings. In the past, much of the healthy tooth structure had to be removed to accommodate the filling material. Now, most of a tooth’s natural structure can be preserved thanks to improved bonding agents and dental technology!

Creating Dental Fillings

Digital technology has revolutionized various aspects of dentistry, including creating dental fillings. With intraoral scanners, computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems, it is possible to quickly and effectively repair teeth with fillings in a single visit. This means fewer appointments for patients and a more streamlined, efficient process for both the individuals receiving the fillings and their dental team.

Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings in Lakeland, FL

The evolution of dental fillings is characterized by remarkable improvements in materials, techniques, and aesthetics. With the availability of tooth-colored materials, a minimally-invasive process, and digital technology, dental fillings continue to be a beneficial restorative treatment to address cavities, chips, and other tooth damage. Please contact us today if you have any questions about the dental filling process or our other restorative dental treatments!