Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
It’s likely that at some point in your life, you will develop a cavity and need a dental filling. According to one study, 92% of adults ages 20-64 have at least one filling. When your time comes, making an informed decision about your health and the look of your smile could make a difference. Today on the blog, our cosmetic dentist in Poway, Dr. Nicol Cook, shares three reasons to choose tooth-colored fillings.
Composites look natural
Tooth-colored fillings have many advantages over silver fillings. They consist of a composite material that looks and feels like natural tooth structure. Composite material can even be chosen in a shade that matches the remaining portion of your tooth, which means it blends in and isn’t noticeable. Unlike amalgam or silver fillings, composites have several benefits that make this restorative material the right choice for repairing mild to moderate areas of tooth decay. Metal fillings are known to cause the existing tooth structure to look gray or stained, but composites will not alter your tooth’s natural color.
Composites help protect the natural tooth structure
Amalgam fillings have been relied upon for decades to repair cavities. However, they tend to cause damage to the tooth as the metal expands and contracts at different rates when subjected to temperature changes in the mouth, like drinking ice water or eating hot soup. These changes could lead to cracked teeth or loose fillings, which allow bacteria to infiltrate underneath the filling. However, tooth-colored fillings are less invasive and provide a tight seal, preventing bacteria from entering the tooth and needing additional repairs. Composites also change at a similar rate as a tooth when eating or drinking.
Composites are biocompatible
Metal fillings are comprised of nickel and mercury, as well as other metals. While metal dental fillings have been deemed safe by the FDA and the ADA, that doesn’t mean that you might not be allergic to its components. Many people have a nickel allergy or allergy to certain metals. Therefore, composite fillings are biocompatible and should not cause any adverse reactions to patients. Additionally, metal fillings have been found to be harmful to the environment. Amalgam waste is generated each time a metal filling is placed. However, this is not the case with composites, which have not been shown to have harmful environmental effects.
When are composite fillings recommend?
Your Poway general dentist may recommend composite fillings if you have cavities. Larger areas of decay, however, may respond better to a dental crown that covers the entire exterior of a tooth. Additionally, composite material is also used to repair minor tooth chips or imperfections through a procedure called dental bonding. You may also hear this procedure referred to as composite veneers.
Composite Fillings in Poway and Rancho Bernardo
Dr. Cook is an award-winning cosmetic dentist in Poway. She is nationally recognized for her title of “Best Aesthetics Glamor Category” by the International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics (IAPA). If you are searching for one of the best Poway dentists or want to find out if composite fillings are for you, schedule a consultation to find out. Call Smiles by Dr. Cook at (858) 673-0141 or contact us today. You can also discuss with Dr. Cook ways to improve your smile post-pandemic if you’d like to enhance your smile’s overall appearance.