Dental fillings were never aesthetic years ago. Dental fillings used to only be made from a material called amalgam (silver filling). Dentists use this for one and a half century that when people think about fillings, they think silver. Amalgam is known for its durability and restorative properties but never for beauty. But this is no longer the case today. Composite resin came into the picture of dental fillings and now offers you an option other than amalgam.
How composite resin differs from amalgam?
Composite resins or fillings also known as tooth-colored restorations are an ‘invisible’ dental filling as it is matched to the color of your teeth. This enables you to have your teeth restored without being noticeable. This was first used in the world of dentistry around 1960. The composite resin was fabricated from a mixture of plastic and filled with glass (silicon dioxide). At first, the composite resin was placed only to restore front teeth, because they were not strong enough to use for chewing.
However, over the years, composite resins were made more flexible and stronger, aside from its natural appearance. This is the reason why composite resins can now be used to restore cavities small to medium size, both in front and back teeth.
Uses of composite resins:
1- Tooth Decay
2- Chipped or broken teeth
3- Gaps between teeth
4- Replace old silver fillings containing mercury
There is more to these fillings than just amalgam replacement. They are good for sensitive teeth too. Now, your tooth structure can stay intact unlike with the amalgam fillings that can never hold the tooth as composite fillings can, because they are bonded to the tooth. Another great advantage of composite resin is that it can be fixed if they got chipped or damaged, unlike amalgam where it would have to be completely removed and replaced.
To make an appointment or to find out more about composite fillings, please call our office at 323-771-7254.
By Ladan Zinati