5 Reasons Why You Should Get Tooth-Colored Fillings over Amalgam

September 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ranchopark @ 1:19 pm
A patient with several amalgam fillings

Fillings are a staple dental treatment that has only become more necessary as time goes on. Most adults by the time they reach the age of 30 have had at least one filling at some point in their life. The prevalence of sugar and the treatment of processed food have worsened the life of teeth overall.

When it comes to fillings, you’ll want to ensure you’re getting the best treatment you can. In the past, amalgam was the most popular due to its durability and cheap cost. If you want to learn why it’s best to get a tooth-colored filling now, continue reading.

1. Better Aesthetics

Tooth-colored fillings blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Amalgam fillings are hard to miss when you smile as they are made of metal and display a silvery sheen. Resin fillings are much more discrete in this way and offer a less embarrassing experience.

2. Preserves More Tooth

When a dentist places an amalgam filling, they need to remove a much larger portion of your tooth enamel for the filling to stay put. With tooth-colored fillings, the material is more pliable and easily worked into smaller crevices. This means that your dentist will only need to remove the decay to accommodate a composite filling.

3. Reduced Sensitivity

Amalgam fillings are made from metal. As such, they can expand and contract slightly based on the temperature of the food you eat. When you eat something cold, the metal can shrink slightly. If it was already coming loose, this could make it fall out.

Eating hot foods can have the opposite effect, making the filling expand and cause pain or sensitivity in the tooth it’s placed in. Tooth-colored fillings are made from resin, so they avoid this problem.

4. Mercury-Free

Amalgam fillings are made of various metals mixed together such as silver, zinc, and mercury. While research shows that dental-grade mercury is perfectly safe to be in your mouth, many patients would prefer not to use it.

5. Just as Durable

Fillings made with alternative materials have advanced significantly in recent years in terms of strength and longevity. While amalgam fillings are known for their durability, composite fillings are catching up as new technology arises.

Choosing tooth-colored fillings over amalgam offers a host of benefits, from a natural appearance and less tooth structure removal to reduced sensitivity and improved durability. With so many benefits beyond looks, composite fillings are a smart choice. If you need fillings, don’t delay. Consult with your dentist and give your smile the treatment it deserves.

About the Practice

Dr. Nicole Sassounian and Dr. Albert Silvera make a fantastic team at Rancho Park Dental Group. They both share a passion for dentistry, especially when they can use their craft to restore the confidence of their patients. Their facilities are comfortable, and their staff is ready to help guide you through your treatment with great care. To schedule an appointment, call (310) 575-0886 or visit the website to delve into the services they offer.

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