If you are reading this, the likelihood that you have at least one filling is very, very high. We would almost bet that at least one of your fillings is a dark silver amalgam filling. Are we mind readers? No, but statistics don’t lie. Dentists have been using amalgam for decades. While some dentists continue to use amalgam, we have made the switch to a filling material that is much better for the patient: composite resin fillings. Let us tell a little bit more about composite fillings to give you an idea of how beneficial this relatively new type of filling can be.
A More Beautiful Smile – The aesthetic difference is a no-brainer. Rather than putting a dark silver material in your white teeth, we will put a white material in your white teeth. We can even change the shade of the filling to match your smile’s shade of white. In other words, no matter where in your smile you need a filling, we can confidently use composite resin because we know that no one will ever know that it’s there!
A Healthier Choice – There is some debate about the safety of traditional amalgam fillings. Most experts believe that amalgam fillings are safe, but they do contain mercury, which makes other experts question the safety of amalgam. Whether you believe it or not, it doesn’t hurt to be on the safe side. Composite resin fillings are free of harmful materials which makes this type of filling the healthier choice.
A Great Bond – As we mentioned earlier, dentists have been using amalgam fillings for decades. What we have learned through that time is that amalgam fillings don’t bond very well to the tooth itself. Composite resin, on the other hand, is a bonding agent that can actually strengthen your tooth from the inside out by bonding the area of the cavity being filled. This makes a composite filling the filling of choice for most dentists.
Remember when we said that the chances were pretty great that you already have at least one filling? Well, the chances that you will another filling at some point are even higher. When that time comes, be sure to ask for composite fillings. Contact us today to ask your questions about the differences between composite and amalgam. We would love to talk with you and get you here in the office for your next exam or cleaning. We hope to see you very soon!