May 1, 2016
When it comes to dental fillings, dark amalgam fillings have been the trusted choice for more than 150 years. However, now you have multiple options when it comes to dental fillings. Advancements in dentistry now allow for tooth-colored fillings to be used instead of the traditional silver fillings. Using a composite resin material, fillings now blend in seamlessly with your existing tooth color so no one will ever notice the restoration. Due to the many benefits tooth-colored fillings offer, many are now having their old amalgam fillings removed by a dentist in Worcester. As your trusted Worcester dentist, we have everything you need to know about the benefits of composite fillings.
What is a Tooth-Colored Filling?
A composite filling is made from safe ceramic and plastic compounds, unlike traditional fillings, which use metal and mercury materials. These compounds allow the fillings to match the color of a tooth’s enamel for a seamless repair. The color of the filling can be customized to match your exact enamel color, allowing it to be used virtually anywhere for a natural-looking repair.
The process to receiving a composite filling is slightly different than that of a traditional filling. The tooth will be prepared the same; however, the composite resin is applied in layers. A special light is used to harden each layer quickly. The dentist can then perform necessary adjustments for the most functional and aesthetically pleasing repair.
What are the Benefits of Composite Fillings?
There are many additional benefits to composite fillings other than just the appearance. Among the top reason people are choosing composite over amalgam is due to the fact the fillings don’t contain mercury. While the American Dental Association considers mercury fillings to be safe, it is known that exposure to mercury in any amount can lead to health complications in the future. With the use of mercury-free fillings, there’s no exposure to mercury, eliminating the risks.
Composite fillings also won’t cause the tooth to become darker or discolored overtime. When amalgam fillings are used, the metal will essentially be absorbed by the tooth, potentially causing the tooth to become darker, even taking on a gray appearance. Since composite fillings match the color of enamel, there is no risk of tooth discoloration.
Composite Fillings from Your Dentist in Worcester
As part of our cosmetic services, we use composite fillings to repair your smile without the unsightly appearance of metal fillings. We remove old amalgam fillings and replace them with the tooth-colored material for a beautiful, natural-looking repair. We will help you maintain your new beautiful smile by checking the fillings at each routine visit for any signs of wear or damage. Should damage occur, we can quickly and easily repair the filling to restore its function.
While amalgam fillings have been the trusted choice for more than 100 years, now you’re able to benefit from a more natural-looking solution. With a composite filling, you’ll repair damaged teeth with a less noticeable option. Call our office today at (508) 502-7894 to learn more about composite fillings.
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