May 3, 2016
You’ve got to take the good news with the bad news—or so the saying goes. For example, perhaps at one of your regular dental checkups your Wilmington dentist at Wilmington Family Dental reports that you have a cavity. That’s the bad news. The good news, however, is that your cavity can now be repaired with a tooth-colored filling. Gone are the days when you had to tolerate a dark spot in your smile in order to treat tooth decay. Tooth-colored fillings offer a number of advantages over silver fillings. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between these two types of restorative options.
Amalgam Fillings of the Past
Dentists first began using metal to fill cavities in the early 19th century. Gold, silver or copper would be softened and molded into the drilled out portion of a tooth. Later in the same century, amalgam fillings came into use. These included mercury, a heavy metal that has long been known to be a health hazard. It wasn’t long before amalgam fillings came into question, but for many years there was no alternative.
Tooth-Colored Fillings of Today
Today, your dentist in Wilmington almost exclusively uses tooth-colored fillings to fill a cavity. Made of composite resin material, which is comprised of medical grade plastic and glass particles, these fillings come in a wide range of shades in order to closely match the natural color of your tooth.
In addition to looking better, tooth-colored fillings are also stronger and better and for your tooth. Amalgam fillings actually tend to weaken tooth structure, because they do not bond to the tooth. Instead, your dentist would have to create a ledge or pocket-like structure to hold the filling in place. This often necessitated removing more tooth structure in addition to the decay.
The composite resin of a tooth-colored filling, on the other hand, actually bonds with the tooth. In this way, the filling helps to strengthen and reinforce your tooth. In addition, because the filling is bonded to the tooth, there is no risk of leakage, which was often a hazard with an amalgam filling.
Finally, your Wilmington dentist does not need to remove as much of the natural tooth when placing a tooth-colored filling. For you that means less time under the drill and for the dentist this means a more conservative approach to dental repair.
Call Our Office Today
To schedule an appointment with one of the dentists at Wilmington Family Dental in Wilmington, MA, contact us today. We’ll be glad to examine your teeth to ensure your utmost oral health!
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