What are Composite fillings?
An alternative to amalgams and metal fillings are white fillings also known as composite fillings, which are made of a synthetic composite resin, performing the same function by replacing tooth structure damaged or destroyed by dental caries, and protecting the tooth, but providing a more natural appearance without endangering health.
They are not only used to fill decayed teeth but also to repair chipped, worn, cracked or broken teeth, and closing space between two teeth. Although this kind of fillings were only used in the front teeth when they first appeared because they were not able to resist intense grinding and chewing, technology has improved substantially and now they can be used on either front or back teeth.
The placement of composite fillings takes at least one appointment, although it generally takes longer than it does for an amalgam or metal filling because the decayed or affected portion of the tooth must to be removed, carefully cleaned and dried before the composite resin is accurately placed, shaped, polished and cured by light into the cavity.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings provide greater benefits compared to amalgams and other types of fillings because composite resin is a biocompatible material that guarantees patients to have a free-mercury mouth, and it can also be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. They can last many years but composite fillings are more expensive and can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than amalgam fillings.
In America Dental we use composite fillings instead of amalgams. In fact, we specialize in amalgam removal to help patients to improve their health and show off a more natural simple.