Damaged teeth can have a negative impact on your smile. The decayed part of a tooth will look unsightly with its dark edges and spots, something that you do not want others to see whenever you open your mouth. A damaged tooth can also affect the function of your smile. Depending on the location of the affected tooth, you may have difficulties eating or chewing on food, and you can also have trouble speaking clearly because of the damaged portion of a tooth or several teeth.
The damaged parts of your tooth can be fixed with tooth-coloured fillings, which can restore both the normal function and healthy appearance of the affected tooth. The damaged portion will need to be removed to ensure that only healthy tooth structure remains, before the filling can be placed. White fillings are considered to be safer, unlike their (older) counterpart amalgam fillings that contain mercury that is proven to be hazardous to the health. Tooth-coloured fillings are also more durable compared to amalgam fillings.
The use of tooth-coloured fillings also lends a more aesthetically pleasing result. There was a time when tooth fillings automatically meant having dark-coloured patches in an affected tooth due to the amalgam material. Now, you can have a tooth filling that is almost impossible to detect because the material can be designed to match the colour of the natural teeth. Composite fillings also require less of the tooth material to be removed prior to the filling placement, thus ensuring that a larger portion of the healthy tooth structure is preserved.