The Amalgam Alternative
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay,
cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Swanson can discuss the best options with you for restoring
your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. However, we may recommend having old amalgam fillings replaced with composite material for both aesthetic and medical reasons. Composite fillings bond better to your tooth, creating a stronger filling and less of a chance for recurring decay. Dental amalgam is made up of about 50% mercury, needed to bind the material to the enamel of the tooth, and a mixture of tin, copper, and silver. All of our composite material is safe and chemical-free, so you never have to worry about what’s in your mouth.
Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the
color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth. We'll work with you to determine if your amalgam fillings need to be replaced and discuss the benefits of composite fillings.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may
someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb,
your dentist will remove decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your
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