Protecting your teeth from cavities and keeping them structurally sound is essential for good oral health. Over the years, different materials have been used to correct minor imperfections and fill cavities. Since the use of composite resin began several years ago, it has come to light that the dental amalgam used for years may not be as safe as initially thought. Today, dentists have other options that are less toxic and more durable than the dental amalgam of the past.
The Problem with Dental Amalgam
For well over 100 years, dental amalgam was the primary material used for fillings. The amalgam is made up of many kinds of metal, with over 50% of the mixture being mercury. Dentists later found that the mercury used to make the amalgam could be potentially hazardous. Some medical professionals believe that the mercury used in fillings can have side effects due to the toxicity of the metal. With what has been learned about dental amalgam, many dentists have started using a composite resin material instead.
Mercury Free Filling Options
The new BPA-safe, composite resin filling material is safe to use, offers no side effects, and strengthens the tooth’s structure. While dental amalgam is durable, composite resin will harden so that it is similar to the shell of the tooth. That means that it is incredibly strong and will remain in place for many years without needing any repairs or adjustments. They are easy to keep clean just maintain your daily brushing and flossing habits. Keep your teeth clean and healthy, and you won’t even know your fillings are there.
Natural Looking Fillings
One of the best things about composite resin is that tint can be added so that the filling will match the tooth it will be used to fix. That makes the tooth look more natural and will not be as noticeable as the dental amalgam commonly used in the past. Many dentists will often remove dental amalgam fillings and replace them with composite resin. That eliminates the toxic metal and makes your smile appear as natural as possible.
Safe Dental Fillings provided at Richard D. Weigand, DDS in Spokane, Washington
Residents in Spokane, Washington, can visit Dr. Richard Wiegand to learn more about composite resin fillings. Call Richard D. Wiegand, DDS, to schedule your first appointment. New patients need to call [phone]. If you are an existing patient, you will need to call [phone_ex]. Make your appointment, and you will be able to restore your smile.