Using dental fillings to resolve tooth decay
At Eco Friendly Dentistry of Oak Lawn, Illinois, Drs. Ahmed Mataria, Angela Suh, and Jeferson Santos believe in providing the best possible care for patients in and around their community. This includes treatment for areas of tooth decay. Dental fillings are a standard procedure performed in the office that allows patients to address areas where tooth decay has developed. But what type of fillings are available? Are there certain fillings that are more desirable than others? Our team can educate you and your family on the advantages of using composite resin materials instead of traditional silver amalgam to address decay in the smile.
Using composite resin for tooth-colored dental fillings
Composite resin is a type of dental filling made from a mixture of fine glass particles and plastic. It is used to restore the appearance of teeth damaged by decay or injury. Composite resin fillings are also known as white fillings because they can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
What are the unique benefits of using quality materials like composite resin for cavity fillings?
The main advantage of composite resin fillings is that they are less visible than silver amalgam fillings and can be used to repair teeth that are visible when you smile or talk. Composite resin material might also be used to close gaps between teeth, augment the shape of teeth, or make minor corrections to your bite in the form of “dental bonding.” This type of filling is much more desirable than other materials used in the past and by other dentists today, such as silver amalgam. This material is made of 50% mercury, a toxic substance that can enter the bloodstream and cause mercury toxicity. To avoid this, patients with these types of fillings have reconsidered using this material and often turn to a knowledgeable dental team to replace or avoid silver amalgam fillings.
Are you considering composite fillings for your smile?
If you have one or more cavities and require a filling, our team at Eco Friendly Dentistry in Oak Lawn, IL, can assist! Call the office today at 773-429-1400 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Ahmed Mataria, Angela Suh, or Jeferson Santos to discuss your needs. The office is conveniently located at 4934 W 95th Street and assists patients in surrounding cities seeking comprehensive dentistry under one roof!