Composite fillings are stronger and more natural looking than older, traditional materials used for cavity fillings, making them a popular choice among cosmetic dentistry patients.
Tooth-colored composite resin is often made of glass, quartz, ceramic, silica, a resin-based oligomer matrix, and other combinations of materials. Composite resin is used for filling cavities and for bonding front teeth, but dentists continue to look for new ways to use this resin material due to its durability and color. For a look at why you should consider tooth-colored fillings rather than amalgam fillings, keep reading.
Maintain a Natural-Looking Smile
Metal amalgam fillings can be quite noticeable, especially when used to repair highly visible teeth, and are often a source of embarrassment for patients. Many patients opt for Composite Resin Fillings because they provide a natural look that hides dental work. In most cases, no one can tell you had a cavity.
Preserve Your Oral Health
Compared to amalgam fillings, composite resin provides better support for the structure of the tooth. The resin material is bonded to the tooth, allowing it to withstand pressure from chewing and insulate the tooth from hot and cold foods and beverages. Metal fillings expand and contract with heat, which eventually causes them to loosen and fall out, often cracking the tooth in the process.
Avoid the Risks of Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam fillings are fifty percent mercury, which can potentially harm your health after extended exposure. While there is debate whether mercury-silver amalgam fillings are safe, numerous countries around the world have banned its use as a dental filling material. What’s more, amalgam is not suited for people who suffer from common metal allergies. White composite fillings are made from a hard plastic material. They’re hypoallergenic and are not mixed with dangerous toxins, which make them a safer option for children, pregnant or nursing mothers, and other dental patients.
If you would like to talk to a quality cosmetic dentist about composite resin fillings, call Really Smile. To see a complete list of our services, visit our website or call (877) 619-4857.