There are a number of options available to you today when your Long Island dentist recommends treating a cavity with a filling. Instead of a traditional metal filling, consider the many advantages of opting for a tooth-colored composite resin filling.
Traditional dental fillings are made from silver or amalgam, which are softer than the composite resin materials which comprise tooth-colored fillings. Metal fillings wear down and may crack, crumble, or decay over time, requiring replacement fillings more than once over the course of a lifetime. Tooth-colored composite resin or porcelain fillings, however, are much stronger and far less likely to require replacement because they do not wear down and are much more difficult to crack or damage.
Silver and amalgam dental fillings contain mercury, which is highly toxic. Amalgam fillings expand and contract over time, risking cracking or other damage to the rest of the healthy tooth around the filling. Tooth-colored fillings are made from safer, more biocompatible materials such as resin, glass, and porcelain. These materials do not expand or contract, and they are much easier to bond to your existing tooth enamel, so less of your healthy tooth needs to be removed when treating a cavity.
Another major advantage of tooth-colored fillings is their appearance. Older metal fillings are obvious and can be undesirable, while tooth-colored fillings are made to match the exact color of your teeth, rendering them nearly invisible. If you are planning to whiten your teeth, you can speak with your dentist about choosing a filling that will match the new, whiter shade you will achieve with whitening. You can choose to replace your older metal fillings with new tooth-colored fillings at any time, so be sure to talk to your dentist if you’re interested.
If you are interested in treating your cavities or replacing your old fillings, speak to a family dentist at Kahn, Ferrari & Aldieri today about the advantages of tooth-colored fillings. Visit us on the web or call (888) 829-9575 for more information.