Why Do Dentists Prefer Composite Fillings?

amalgam fillings or composite fillings

Like any other field, dentistry is continually changing and innovating. One of the big changes over the past few decades is treating cavities. Not only are there high speed drills and other equipment, but there has also been a change in the type of materials used for fillings.

Composite fillings have become the preferred choice for both dentists and patients. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, which have been used for over a century, composite fillings offer numerous benefits that align with what patients want and what dentists recommend.

Here’s are some reasons that dentists often favor composite fillings:

  • Safety and Comfort: Unlike amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, composite fillings are mercury-free, addressing concerns about potential toxicity. Additionally, the procedure for placing composite fillings is generally more comfortable. We recommend to all of our patients to replace mercury fillings.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: One of the most significant advantages of composite fillings is their ability to blend seamlessly with the natural color of teeth. Made from a mixture of BPA-free plastic resin and fine glass particles, fillings can be precisely matched to the shade of your tooth. Since they blend it, it makes them virtually invisible compared to the metallic appearance of amalgam fillings.
  • Bonding Strength: Composite fillings are known for their strong adhesive properties. The material bonds directly to the tooth structure. That allows the composite to provide not only excellent support but also help to preserve more of the natural tooth and the tooth’s integrity. An added bonus is that the better bonding can minimize the need for extensive drilling.
  • Versatility and Functionality: Composite materials are highly versatile and can be used for various dental restorations beyond just fillings, such as repairing chipped or cracked teeth. They provide a robust and durable solution that withstands the pressures of daily chewing and grinding.

A Holistic Approach to Dentistry

At Cleveland Smile Center, we use composite fillings as part of our holistic dentistry practices that offer mercury-free and fluoride-free options for patients.

Composite fillings provide an aesthetic appeal and is also a solution that maintains the health, function, and appearance of your teeth. If you are interested in learning more, contact Cleveland Smile Center for more information.

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