Due to dental advancements over the years, dentists can provide better dental care to their patients. This includes improvements in cavity treatments. Although dental fillings remain the go-to treatment for cavities, more dentists are turning to composite fillings over other alternatives for restoring decayed teeth. At Park Dental Care, Drs. Evelyn Maggos and Britly Barton offer composite mercury-free dental fillings to our patients in Carol Stream and Winfield, Illinois.
About Composite Fillings
With proper care, teeth can last a lifetime, even after getting cavities. Prompt cavity treatment can restore the health and integrity of your teeth so they can continue to be used. Composite fillings offer numerous advantages over amalgam or other types of fillings.
Composite fillings are composed of a tooth-colored resin/powdered glass mix that’s metal- and mercury-free, posing no risk to your health. In addition to treating decay, composite fillings can be used as bonding to repair small chips or cracks in your teeth or fill in small gaps between teeth to improve your smile’s appearance.
Protect Your Teeth/Save Your Smile
Although cavities are preventable, they’re still a common issue in both adults and children. Fortunately, dental fillings can treat them fairly easily when caught early. At Park Dental Care, we prefer composite mercury-free dental fillings due to their versatility and unique restorative properties.
Here are just a few ways composite fillings can protect your teeth while preserving the beauty of your smile.
Appearance – Composite fillings are tooth-colored, making them less noticeable when you smile. Your Winfield dentist can match the shade of the filling with the color of your teeth for a natural-looking appearance. With composite fillings, your smile can continue to look great even after cavity treatment.
Protective Seal – Composite fillings bond quickly with your teeth, forming a protective seal against harmful bacteria that can cause future decay. This seal also insulates your teeth against sensitivity so you can consume hot or cold foods and drinks without discomfort or pain.
Stronger Teeth – With composite fillings, there’s no need for intensive drilling to prepare your teeth for treatment. Less drilling makes your teeth stronger as less of the natural structure is removed. The filling will further strengthen and support compromised teeth for future use.
Durability – Once composite fillings have been hardened and bonded to your teeth, you can bite and chew like normal without worrying about damage to your teeth. However, we recommend avoiding eating hard foods that can crack the filling or chip or crack your tooth.