At Michael J. Leach D.D.S. Pediatric Dentistry, we utilize a resin composite when applying fillings to a patient’s tooth. Resin composite fillings work with a person’s tooth by bonding directly to the surface, which leads to maximized preservation of the tooth. Additionally, having a tooth filled will no longer take hours, instead with the use of a UV light, the resin composite will be cured in a matter of seconds. Our hygiene team can complete fillings during a patient’s regularly scheduled appointment preventing multiple trips to our office.
Disadvantages of Silver fillings:
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and letting cavities start forming again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split.
Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin composites are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!
The result is a beautiful smile!