Dental fillings are the most common restoration used to repair teeth after decay or other damage has occurred. Although mercury amalgam fillings were once the standard option, composite fillings are becoming more popular thanks to their durability and aesthetic properties. Here are more tips about dental fillings, options and new methods of placing fillings.
Mercury amalgam fillings offer easily formed, dependable restoration that lasts for many years. However, a number of issues have made alternatives desirable. The toxicity of mercury is controversial in terms of both environmental impact and personal health. Furthermore, mercury amalgam fillings mar the appearance of teeth because of their gray color and can actually discolor teeth over time. Finally, the fact that mercury fillings expand and contract with temperature changes means that teeth restored with them are prone to damage later. By contrast, composite fillings require less tooth removal, reinforce teeth rather than place them at risk of breakage and preserve appearance immediately as well as in the long term.
Lasers and air abrasion systems are increasingly being used to remove decayed areas accurately and without discomfort. Compared to dental drills, lasers are quieter and do not vibrate, making them ideal for patients with dental anxiety. Air abrasion also offers comfortable, vibration-free tooth preparation prior to filling placement.
Mercury fillings are generally believed to present little hazard to recipients, but composite fillings offer easier placement and can give patients longer-lasting, better-looking results. New drilling options are making all fillings more comfortable than ever before. To learn more about fillings, patients can schedule a consultation with our expert in tooth colored fillings in Houston
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