If a tooth has decay, then it’s important to fill the cavity before it gets worse, potentially destroying the tooth. However, many people don’t want those dark metal-colored fillings in their teeth, because they may be concerned about the health effects or the aesthetics. Fortunately, there’s a more advanced option. At our office, we perform all fillings in Virginia Beach with composite resin. A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite resins can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins represent several advantages over traditional silver, or amalgam, fillings.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
With composite resin, your denttist can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means that only you and your dentist will know that you have fillings. Because the filling is bonded to the tooth, rather than wedged within it like metal amalgam fillings are, they actually support the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Fillings with resin can last seven to ten years, and the process of replacing them when it’s time to do so is not very difficult. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.
There have also been concerns that traditional metal amalgam fillings, which are made partly from mercury, could be detrimental to your health. Composite resin is a safer material for fillings. Many patients choose to have their old metal fillings replaced with composite resin. With the many advantages of resin over amalgam, we believe it’s the best material for all fillings; there’s no need to use metal amaglam for any fillings. At our office, we exclusively perform tooth-colored fillings in Virginia Beach.
How to Care For Your Fillings
Some patients experience mild post-placement sensitivity from composite resin fillings; however, this effect is temporary, and within a few days, your filled tooth should feel just like your other teeth. Because they don’t conduct heat and cold into the sensitive interior of the tooth, composite resin fillings don’t have the tooth sensitivity problems that traditional metal amalgam fillings do. The same substances that can stain your tooth enamel, such as coffee, tea, wine, curry, and cigarette smoke, can also discolor the resin over time. Good oral hygiene can help to maintain your fillings.
Dentist in Virginia Beach
The best person to place composite resin fillings is a cosmetic dentist, who is experienced in this procedure. Dr. Mary Lewis of Virginia Beach Family and Cosmetic Dentistry performs tooth-colored fillings in Virginia Beach. She also provides preventive care, helping you to keep your teeth healthy so that you avoid the need for future fillings, and other cosmetic and restorative dental services, such as bonding, veneers, crowns, and bridges. If you’re looking for a dentist in Virginia Beach, book your complimentary consultation with Dr. Lewis.