Composite Fillings Are A Better Choice
Hello and welcome to another July edition of the Clearwater Dental Care blog!
Today we want to talk about a tough topic: tooth decay!
Did you know that over 80% of Americans have had at least one run-in with cavities by the time they turn 18? With those kinds of odds, you are likely one of those people, but as you can see, you are in good company.
If you ever had a restorative treatment for tooth decay when you were growing up, it was probably in the form of an amalgam filling. These fillings got the job done but they certainly left a few things to be desired.
The biggest complaint about amalgam fillings is that they are, well, ugly. The dark silver splotches just look weird on the top of your teeth. They are like the “scarlet letters” of dentistry, telling the world that you have had problems with cavities.
Another problem with amalgam fillings, especially larger ones, is that they can weaken your tooth and actually cause some damage to your smile over time.
Beyond that, anyone with a metal allergy was at risk of having a bad reaction to putting those foreign materials into their body.
Modern Treatments For Cavities
The good news is that things have gotten better as far as cavity treatments are concerned. Around here, we now utilize composite fillings. These forward-looking fillings have a few noteworthy advantages.
An amalgam filling has dark metallic color, while a composite filling is actually made to match the exact shade of your unique teeth.
This means that when you open your mouth, which happens hundreds of times each day, no one will be able to tell that you have had any restorative work done. As such, you will be able to smile with confidence.
Like we said, one of the loudest complaints about amalgam fillings is that they contain mercury. Mercury is used as a binding agent for the metals in the filling itself. By contrast, the new composite material is free of harmful materials, and relies on a safe, durable resin to get the job done.
Amalgam fillings were used for decades because the filling itself is very strong.
That said, the filling doesn’t properly bond with your actual tooth, leading to weaker teeth over time. That’s hard to believe, right? But it’s true!
The good news is that composite fillings are fashioned from a true bonding material, so the filling will bond the inside of your tooth creating a stronger restoration that will last a lifetime with proper care.
Restore Your Smile Today With Better Fillings!
We hope that you have been inspired by today’s post to take advantage of all that modern dentistry has to offer! Things have definitely changed for the better at the dentist’s office.
All you have to do is contact us today to set up your next cleaning and exam at Clearwater Dental Associates. If you have any signs of decay, we will treat your cavities the easy way with composite fillings!