Dental fillings have been used to restore teeth for hundreds of years. Dental fillings are placed in teeth where the dentist has had to remove tooth structure due to decay or fracture. In recent years questions arose about the safety of dental amalgam, the toxicity of its mercury content, and concern about mercury emissions when it is disposed of. Technology and products have also come a long way in recent years providing uses other less obvious, metal free filling options for tooth restoration. For this reason, we help patients by using only metal free, tooth colored fillings, in avoidance of these concerns and for aesthetic results.
Fillings are used to fill in cavities and can also be used to repair cracked, broken, and worn teeth. The dentist will numb the tooth in need of a filling and remove the decayed area. He will then prepare the area by cleaning the area, making sure any bacteria or debris is removed. The tooth colored material, composite resin, is then applied in layers and “cured” with a special light that hardens the composite material. Once that is complete the dentist will shape the material by trimming off any excess material, then polish the final restoration.
Advantages of metal-free fillings
Composite, tooth-colored fillings, can be closely matched to your natural tooth color and is particularly well suited for front teeth or any others that have high visibility. Tooth-colored fillings using composite materials, also requires less removal of the natural tooth material in order to place them, which can result in smaller fillings in comparison to amalgam and will actually bond itself to the tooth structure providing extra support to the tooth.
If you have a cavity that needs a metal-free filling or if you have a current filling that uses dental amalgam and would like to replace it with a tooth colored filling give us a call at (303) 761-2999.