Choose a Composite Filling to Repair Your Tooth
About 80% of the population has at least one filling by the time they graduate from high school. Was that you? For most of us, that meant getting an amalgam filling. The dark silver color stands out in your smile, and you might have already discovered that amalgam fillings, especially large fillings, can weaken your tooth and cause damage. It’s definitely time for dental offices to look for a better solution, and we have found one in composite fillings. The dental filling material completely changes the way your smile looks and feels. Take a look below to see what we mean.
Change in Color – While an amalgam filling is dark silver, a composite filling is actually made to match the shade of your teeth perfectly. When you smile or open your mouth to laugh, no one will be able to tell that you have had any work done because the filling itself will blend with your smile. The result is a much more confident smile!
Change in Materials – One of the biggest complaints about amalgam fillings is that they contain mercury. Mercury is used as a binding agent for the metals in the filling itself. Composite material is free of harmful materials like mercury, which makes a composite filling the filling of choice for most patients concerned with their overall health.
Change in Strength – Amalgam fillings have been used over the years because the filling itself is very strong. The problem is that the filling doesn’t bond with your actual tooth, leading to weak teeth over time. A composite filling is actually made of bonding material, so the material will bond the inside of your tooth creating a stronger restoration.
Dental fillings are the most common restoration we provide for our patients. Even if you haven’t had one in years, there is always a chance that you’ll need a filling at your next visit, so be sure that you know your options! Contact us today to set up your next cleaning and exam. We would love to see you very soon and help you have a healthier, happier smile!