Composite dental fillings are different from traditional amalgam fillings because they are made from a tooth-colored composite resin and are more durable than traditional silver-colored tooth fillings.
When harmful bacteria on a tooth persist in the mouth, the bacteria can lead to cavity, which we call decay. We can remove the decay and fill the area and prevent further spread of the cavity, protecting the tooth from more damage and potential infection.
When decay is left untreated, it can worsen, causing further infection and even more severe pain. Oftentimes, you feel no discomfort with cavities so it is critical you take care of your fillings recommended by our dentist, Dr. Jeff, so the cavity does not spread and requires a different procedure. Waiting will lead to an infection. The infected tooth may eventually require a root canal with a crown or extraction.
Composite Filling Tooth Repair
Along with fixing cavities, composite fillings can be used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down. Because the composite resin is made to match the color of your teeth, repairs to cracked or broken teeth are not noticeable.
Dr. Jeff can help you decide whether composite resin fillings are right for you. Composite resin not only restores your teeth but also gives a natural look. We pick a shade best to match your teeth.
Fighting Cavities at Home
You can decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases by:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Keeping up with regular professional cleanings
- Avoiding eating or drinking acidic or sugary foods and beverages
Amalgam Filling Replacement
Replacing old Amalgams (Mercury) Fillings
Here at Designer Smiles, Dr. Jeff recognizes the effect of potentially toxic materials as it relates to dental and systemic health. Although there is no study that shows direct causation of old amalgams (silver/black fillings) and health detriments, the studies do show possible correlations between the presence of amalgam fillings and health effects. To be proactive, Dr. Jeff has specialized training in the safe removal of these fillings.
Because amalgam fillings do not reinforce or support the tooth like a tooth-colored filling, the tooth is weakened and is more susceptible to cracking and breaking, which oftentimes will require a root canal, a crown, or even potential removal of the tooth. We recommend replacing them early to prevent future, more expensive work for you. Ask us if replacement of these black fillings is the right option for you!