Within the past decade, composite resin fillings
have become the standard of care for restoring decaying teeth. Made from a tooth-colored putty-like substance, composite resin fillings are durable, biocompatible restorations with the teeth structure. Most patients elect to get white composite fillings instead of silver amalgam fillings due to their many benefits, including:
-No health risks associated with the use of composite fillings.
-The tooth-colored material can be matched to blend in with surrounding teeth.
-Bonding effect that enhances the strength of the teeth rather than weakening it.
Although most patients prefer composite fillings, there are some disadvantages that they should be aware of:
-Tooth-colored fillings are more expensive than silver fillings
-The use of composite materials requires more skill on the part of the dentist; this results in higher prices and highlights the importance of choosing a qualified cosmetic dentist to perform your procedure
-Possible sensitivity for a period of time.
On the contrast the amalgam over the past few years, amalgam fillings have become a hot topic in the dental and medical worlds. Why? Because of their mercury content. Over time, amalgam fillings have been known to break down and leak, releasing potentially harmful substances into the bloodstream of the patient. Additionally, as amalgam fillings fail, the cavity underneath can become exposed, increasing the patient’s chance of experiencing further tooth decay and eventually needing a root canal to save the tooth from extraction and the mouth and body from severe infection. This problem can go undetected by x-ray due to the nature of the amalgam filling and its nature of hiding the cavities. Because of their dark appearance, amalgam fillings are dark, unaesthetic and can cause amalgam tattoo to the dentin and or soft tissue.