A dental filling is a restoration that helps patch and prevent further decay in a tooth. When a cavity is found in your tooth, the decay is removed and a filling is placed. There are a variety of materials that can be used, most commonly amalgam (known as metal or silver fillings) and tooth-colored composite resin. Composite resin is the preferred material for fillings, but why should you choose it to restore your tooth?
Less Tooth Prep
Amalgam fillings require a larger hole to be drilled in your tooth than a composite resin filling would, so that it can adhere correctly. This unnecessarily weakens the tooth, by destroying more of the healthy, natural tooth material. Composite fillings require only the removal of the decay, preserving the most enamel possible.
A Stronger Tooth
A silver filling doesn’t bond to the tooth or strengthen it. Instead, the filling filling is wedged into the cavity, held in by pressure and force against your tooth. Composite resin fillings bond to the porous tooth structure. This creates a stronger tooth, and allows restorations to be placed in a wider range of areas (such as your front teeth.)
Avoid A Silver Smile
When you’re laughing, you want your beautiful smile to be noticed – not the flash of silver in your teeth. Composite resin fillings are customized tooth restorations that are blended to match the color of your tooth. This offers a restoration that only you and your dentist will know is there. When you smile, you can be confident that your pearly whites will be the only thing that is admired.
If you’re considering a composite filling or concerned about the mercury in your existing amalgam fillings, give your dentist a call today!
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