Metal fillings used to be the only available material for treating cavities, but modern dentistry gives you alternatives. If you want a longer-lasting alternative that looks great, consider ceramic reconstructions. More and more dentists are recommending ceramic fillings and more finely detailed designs to protect your teeth. Here are three reasons to replace damaged fillings with ceramic and use the material for future fillings:

1. Ceramic and composite fillings blend in with your teeth.

If you feel uncomfortable about how your teeth look, that can show up in how you act and smile. If you have traditional metal fillings, they contrast with your teeth and are easier to see. Ceramic fillings are designed to look like that natural tops of teeth. The shape, feel, and color blend in so it’s harder to see where the filling stops and the natural tooth begins.

2. Ceramic fillings are bonded to your teeth with stronger materials.

Unless you have a filling on a high-impact or high-pressure part of your tooth, most loose fillings aren’t because of the material itself breaking. Instead, loose fillings and tooth damage are caused by weakening bonding material. Over time, the adhesive can break down. This makes the filling pull free. Even a partially loosened adhesive is dangerous because food can get trapped between the filling and your tooth, which can lead to new decay.

3. Composite fillings aren’t just for cavities.

Tooth decay isn’t the only reason to augment your smile with a composite filling. If you have sustained damage even to front-facing teeth, such as a crack or a chip, ceramic and composites can fill in the missing material. Composite fillings can also help with worn teeth and large spaces between teeth.

Get the smile you want to have by going to Exquisite Smiles and setting an appointment.