Composite Fillings Demonstrate How Dentistry Has Evolved
- Posted on: Apr 15 2018
Patients who visit our Boca Raton general and cosmetic dentistry practice may notice right away that we are interested in preventing dental disease. We are fortunate to live in an era when this is completely possible, so why not make every attempt to do so? Prevention looks like brushing and flossing every day. On our end, it looks like taking our time to examine teeth and gums for early warning signs of inflammation and decay. Secondary to prevention, we value treatment options that provide patients with optimal value. Composite dental fillings are an example.
The Evolution of the Dental Filling: It Matters
The topic of dental fillings is not one that typically circulates the dinner table or water cooler. Knowing basic details about the different types of fillings may not seem interesting at first, but it can be. It is beneficial to have an understanding of the pros and cons of available options in case you need this type of restoration at some point.
Historically, the filling that has been most common is the silver filling. This restoration isn’t exactly what it may seem. Silver fillings are made of dental amalgam; a mixture of copper, tin, and silver that bind together using elemental mercury. This material was originally an alternative to gold fillings in the U.S. in 1830. Its use has continued without much thought – until recently.
Just like an alternative for gold was, for cost purposes, needed, the necessity for further evolution arose when we realized that there is value in maintaining the smile’s authenticity. Silver fillings cannot achieve this objective; what can achieve it is the tooth-colored filling.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
The transition into the use of composite resin as a viable filling material has been beneficial for those who want to preserve the natural shade variations of the teeth in their mouth. Composite can stain over time, so patients may need to replace fillings on front tooth surfaces from time to time. There is also value in the functionality of a composite filling. The characteristics of composite allow this material to bond to enamel, which is ideal for tight margins around the filling. Bonding also supports the desire for conservative dentistry by requiring minimal tooth reduction.
Schedule a Consultation
Our primary interest is to help you avoid dental problems. If they do occur, our objective is to restore comfort and long-term function as quickly as possible. To schedule a visit to Sindledecker Dentistry, call 561-368-2928.
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