The benefits of cosmetic fillings for patients in Southeast Carolina
Chances are, if you have had a filling in the last few decades, you may notice a dark gray spot where the tooth was filled. Silver amalgam fillings were once the standard of treatment and can be unsightly, causing people to feel embarrassed to smile. Amalgam fillings do not blend in with the natural tooth and are a very visible reminder that you had a cavity.
In recent decades, with advances in dental technology, we’ve found that patients are interested in a more aesthetically appealing solution. Tooth-colored cosmetic fillings have become the standard choice for patients who want their tooth restored in a beautiful way.
Cosmetic fillings are made out of a composite resin, which is a mixture of glass and plastic. Composites are tooth-colored and the material can be tinted, allowing them to be virtually indistinguishable from the natural tooth. The resin is molded and placed into the cavity of the tooth and then hardened and polished to complete the restoration. Composite resin fillings are very strong; they bond to the natural tooth, which minimizes potential for breakage. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite is resistant to temperature changes.
In addition to being beautiful, cosmetic fillings are safe and biocompatible. There has been a lot of research and studies published about the dangers of silver amalgam fillings. Amalgam contains mercury, which is a known toxin. When patients bite, chew, or grind their teeth, the mercury in the fillings is heated. This causes mercury vapors to be released, which can then be ingested by the patient. This toxic exposure may put patients at risk for various medical conditions.
Dr. Virtue practices Biological dentistry, which is a dental philosophy based on the idea that the health of the mouth and total wellness are interconnected. By using only biocompatible materials in restorations, the risk of adverse health conditions that begin in the mouth is drastically reduced.
Virtue Dental Care in Southeast Carolina provides a wide range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic services in addition to cosmetic fillings. To learn more about our care, call the team today to schedule your initial consultation.