Composite Dental Fillings
Composite dental fillings are an option if you need to address a cavity in a tooth, a broken filling, or if you’re currently have a mouth full of mercury or amalgam fillings and wish to change. Amalgam fillings, gold fillings, or silver fillings were used in the past because they were effective but they tend to blacken in color over time and are not as attractive as the natural color of teeth.
Today a dazzling smile is usually one that has a natural appearance. That look is made possible by choosing composite resin dental fillings. Composite white fillings not only look better, but are considered healthier alternatives to dental amalgam.
There are mixed opinions about amalgams and a lot of discussion over them since many people are alarmed about possible hazards. In response to those concerns, both the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) continue to discuss this topic.
Countries such as Norway, Denmark and Sweden have ended use of mercury in dental fillings. One of the reasons that composite fillings are increasing in popularity is that there are no known health risks from them. In fact, composite dental fillings were created as an alternative to the traditional metal fillings.
There are some benefits to using the white fillings. For instance, they are not good thermal conductors which means that sensitivity to hot and cold is less of an issue than with conventional fillings.
Using this durable option is also less invasive which means that it is possible to conserve more of the natural tooth structure. This may help to preserve the strength of the natural tooth over time and avoid issues such as cusp fractures.
Finally, you’ll be glad to know that most dental insurance plans cover the use of composites.
Contact our smile dental clinic about composite dental fillings today!