What are composite fillings? Commonly called “white fillings” by patients, composite fillings are usually made of resin and resemble natural teeth more than traditional amalgam fillings. Long used mainly for teeth toward the front of the mouth that are more visible, technology has advanced so that composite fillings are strong enough for teeth in the back of the mouth.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “amalgam has been used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans. However, the fact that its formulation includes mercury content has raised safety concerns in the minds of (many dentists).
These dentists are turning to composite fillings, which have these advantages over metal fillings:
• Aesthetic appeal: the shade of the filling can be matched to the rest of your teeth, making it almost indistinguishable. This is especially beneficial for teeth that are more visible than others.
• Versatility: Whether you have a cavity or a chipped/broken tooth, composite fillings can discreetly cover it thanks to its superior bonding and easy-to-work-with properties.
• Less damage to your natural teeth: With metal fillings, the dentist may need to remove a large amount of tooth so they can reach or cover the decay. With composite fillings, they can remove less or none at all.
• More support: These fillings prevent breakage and provide more support than metal fillings because of their chemical bonding, which securely adheres to your natural teeth.
If you have a cavity and are considering which type of filling is right for you, schedule a consultation with us today.