A qualified dentist has the experience and tools to treat any tooth affected by decay or cavities. For a filling, your dentist will remove any decayed tissue and fill the area with one of a few materials in order to prevent further damage. Each material used in fillings has its own advantages and disadvantages. Composite fillings, also called cosmetic fillings, are one of the most popular types of material used to fill teeth.
Composite fillings are made of a mixture of acrylic resin and small glass-like particles and are the same color as natural teeth. The primary advantage for you as a patient is that cosmetic fillings are not as readily noticeable as amalgam, or silver-colored, fillings. Although cosmetic fillings are most often used for the front teeth, where fillings are most noticeable, they can also be used on your back teeth. Also, amalgam fillings may cause a grey tint to develop that makes your tooth appear decayed or even dead.
When amalgam fillings are placed, your dentist must remove the entire decayed portion of the tooth, as well as some of the healthy tooth structure. Healthy tooth structure must be removed for mechanical retention of the filling. Removal of more tooth structure causes an increased risk of weakening its integrity. In comparison, composite fillings chemically bond to the tooth structure and allow all healthy tooth structure to remain.
Complete Peace of Mind
Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of mercury and other metals. The FDA has approved the use of amalgam fillings and millions of patients have benefitted from these fillings for over a century and half. However, some patients are allergic to other metals contained in the amalgam or may simply be hesitant to have mercury fillings despite their safe and effective use. Composite fillings, on the other hand, do not contain mercury so you can feel confident in your health and safety.
For expert cosmetic dentistry in Manhattan, rely on the experience of Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS. With 25 years of experience, Dr. Kakosian has the knowledge and experience to offer you excellent dental care. Schedule your appointment today by calling (212) 661-0949.