Traditional amalgam fillings can be an eyesore in an otherwise bright, beautiful smile. Fortunately, today’s advanced cosmetic dentistry offers alternatives that match your natural tooth color. Read on to learn about the various types of cosmetic fillings we offer:
Composite fillings are a mix of resin and fine particles, made to mimic the color of your natural teeth. These fillings chemically bond to the tooth, resulting in increased support for teeth compromised by decay. In addition, less tooth structure needs to be removed than with amalgam fillings. Composite is versatile and can be used for chipped, broken, or worn teeth in addition to fillings.
The material used in porcelain fillings is a combination of porcelain, glass powder, and ceramic. Like composite fillings, porcelain fillings are made to mimic the color of natural teeth. As a result, the material is ideal for use in crowns, veneers, onlays, and inlays. Porcelain fillings provide better resistance to staining than composite fillings, but can wear down opposing teeth.
Ionomer fillings are fabricated using tooth-colored materials such as glass and acrylic resins. Although these fillings are less resistant to biting pressure and are more fragile, they are still a valuable cosmetic filling option for cavities at or below the gum line. Ionomer fillings release a small amount of fluoride to help strengthen enamel and prevent further decay.
If you’re tired of your visible amalgam fillings and are looking for an alternative, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenn Kakosian DDS, a cosmetic dentist serving Manhattan and the greater NYC area. In addition to cosmetic procedures like Invisalign, dental implants, and teeth whitening, Dr. Kakosian also offers general dentistry services. To schedule an appointment, call (212) 661-9777.