There are some dental patients who consider themselves “old school.” They mean this in regards to their attitude towards fillings. Such individuals believe that traditional metal (amalgam) restorations are the economical option and that they work just as well as the white (composite) fillings.
However, before you have your next filling, consider a few of the reasons many dentists recommend the placement of composite restorations.
Composite restorations are made of a tooth-colored resin-based material. This makes your teeth far more appealing to look at when you smile! When you sport metal fillings, you show the world exactly how many cavities you’ve had. Many people find that having a smooth, white smile boosts their confidence and affects their ability to network and even to successfully manage business affairs.
Amalgam restorations do not bind with the tooth, so they require that the tooth has an anchor carved out of it. This extra carving removes healthy tooth structure that was not infected by a cavity. Composite restorations (as you will read) do not bind to a tooth that way, so they are far more conservative in nature.
Chemically-Bond with Teeth
Composite restorations are made up of materials which create a strong seal with the underlying tooth. This makes the fillings less likely to develop gaps and new cavities than metal fillings. This chemical bond improves the retention of the filling and requires that very little tooth material be removed.
For the reasons discussed above, many dentists advocate the use of composite restorations. Talk to your dentist about using modern composite restorations for your next dental filling.
Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
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