A vast majority of Americans have experienced a dental filling. Most of us experience a filling before we graduate high school, and most of those experienced a filling while still in elementary school. Fillings are in every smile, and it is very obvious. You can see the dark spaces in otherwise white teeth that signify an amalgam filling. Until recently, that was the only option for patients needing decay restoration. Now, we have the option of composite fillings. Take a look below at some of the reasons we recommend composite fillings over amalgam.
A Natural Look – The aesthetic advantage of composite material over amalgam is undeniable. Rather than filling your tooth with dark silver amalgam, we use composite material that we match perfectly to the shade of your natural teeth. It will blend perfectly so that no one will know you’ve had work done!
Mercury-Free – Many patients are concerned by amalgam fillings because they contain mercury. While most believe that amalgam fillings are safe, it is still nice to know that a composite filling doesn’t have harmful materials!
A Strong Filling – Amalgam has been used for decades because it is very strong. However, over time, large amalgam fillings cause the tooth to weaken and eventually deteriorate. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are made of bonding material. The idea is that the bonding material will actually bond to the inside of your tooth, holding it strong for years to come.
When you need a filling, you need a filling. It’s important to provide that restorative work to your tooth, but it’s also important to select a filling that will benefit your smile. Choose composite fillings for a better restoration. Contact us today to set up your next appointment. We will not only make sure that you don’t need a new filling, but we will check your old fillings for signs of damage. We can’t wait to see you soon!