Choosing Tooth-Colored Fillings over Amalgam
Patients like you are choosing tooth-colored fillings to replace old amalgam or as a new choice for children's cavities. Silver amalgam fillings are partly composed of mercury and more dentists are beginning to doubt its safety. The dental community is researching whether mercury can be toxic as the filling lives in the mouth environment.
Some dentists believe tooth-colored fillings are a safer alternative to silver amalgam. The filling is composed of a durable composite resin. This is a moldable plastic material that actually bonds to the tooth it fills. Your tooth is filled and sealed at the same time with a dental sealant. The result is a more attractive smile free of the more noticeable silver amalgam.
When used in cosmetic dentistry, these fillings create a natural appearance as they can be dyed to match your natural teeth. The material also mimics the natural texture of your teeth. They are a popular choice in family dentistry as children often find silver amalgam embarrassing. The advantages are numerous, such as:
Where Tooth-Colored Fillings are Applied
Tooth-colored fillings are best applied in smaller restorations where the cause of the cavity is lessened. Your filling is not as effective if the cavity is considered large and prone to higher pressure in the back of your mouth. A skilled cosmetic dentist will be able to determine when a tooth-colored filling can be applied.
Make regular visits to your dentist just as before where fillings can be checked for any unusual wear and tear. Be sure all your questions about tooth-colored fillings are answered by a knowledgeable dentist. Once a tooth-colored filling is in place, good oral hygiene will increase its longevity.
To learn more about tooth-colored fillings, please visit the website of Softouch Dental Care  serving patients in Northern Virginia including Tysons Corner, Fairfax, Reston, Alexandria, Arlington and Washington, D.C. http://www.softouchdentalcare.com/
SOURCE: Softouch Dental Care, Michael K. Chung, DDS