Fillings are a common, necessary part of routine dental care. Fillings save teeth from being lost completely, and we are placing them in younger and younger patients. A vast majority of Americans have at least one filling by the time they graduate from high school. Many of these fillings are made from the traditional amalgam filling material, but we are among the dental offices moving away from amalgam. Instead, we not recommend composite fillings, and we’ve listed a few of our reasons below.
The Aesthetic Improvement – Patients don’t want to look like their smile is full of shrapnel. Amalgam is an ugly, dark gray color that stands out in your smile. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are made to blend perfectly with your natural tooth shade, creating a flawless restoration.
The Strong Bond – Amalgam was used for decades because it is so strong. The problem is that amalgam doesn’t bond with the tooth itself, so while the filling stays strong, the tooth gets weaker over time. Bonding, on the other hand, bonds your tooth from the inside. The idea is that the bonding will actually hold your tooth’s strength intact.
No Harmful Materials – One of the biggest complaints against amalgam is that it contains mercury. While most professionals agree that amalgam is safe, the idea of putting mercury in your body is unsettling. Composite fillings do not contain any harmful materials, making them the safer option.
When you hear that you need a filling, you might get nervous or frustrated, but a filling will save your tooth from the inside out. Contact us today for your next appointment. After all, the best way to prevent cavities is by maintaining fantastic oral hygiene!