Are Composite Dental Fillings Safe for My Mouth?
At Dental Solutions of Avon/Indy, the health and safety of our clients is our top priority. As modern dental technology has improved, the materials and chemicals used in dentistry have changed in favor of nontoxic alternatives. This not only leads to more effective treatment, it leads to better overall health outcomes. Today, we want to shine a spotlight on how our team uses composite dental fillings to restore and preserve the oral health of our patients.
What Are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are a restorative treatment for teeth damaged by cavities, chips, cracks, and other forms of wear and tear. Fillings are a great way to halt damage and decay before it requires more extensive treatment or causes additional complications. Once your filling is set, your tooth should function better than ever!
What Is the Dental Filling Procedure?
When treating teeth with a dental filling, our first step is to use a topical anesthetic to numb the area. Then, we will remove any decay from the tooth itself. Next, we’ll apply the filling. Before you leave, we’ll check your bite alignment to be sure that the filling restores the natural function of your previously damaged tooth.
How Have Dental Fillings Evolved?
There are two types of dental fillings: amalgam (silver appearance) and composite (tooth-colored appearance). In the past, amalgam fillings — created from a mix of gold, silver, and mercury– were very popular. However, as scientist learned more about the potentially harmful effects of the materials in amalgam fillings, they have decreased in popularity. Nowadays, composite fillings are becoming more popular as they don’t contain any potentially harmful materials and they match the color of your natural teeth.
Our team is proud to offer biocompatible composite fillings that seamlessly blend in with the rest of your pearly whites. To learn more about the dental fillings process or to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today!