Dental patients no longer have to settle for the metal fillings that were the only choice before the advent of dental resin. Resin is composed of plastic and glass that results in a tooth colored material that is ideal for filling the cavities left by tooth decay.
The metal fillings of old contained a high degree of mercury which was suspected to cause various physical issues if it entered the bloodstream. Over time however, technology started to mix other materials in with the metal which lowered the mercury content to a safe level.
Silver amalgam fillings have a tendency to expand and contract when exposed to temperature changes putting some stress on the tooth and creating a higher risk for cracking. A composite resin filling is not affected in the same way.
Naturally enhanced composite fillings are especially favorable for use on front teeth or any tooth in minimal need of restoration. Once the dentist has filled the cavity no one will be able to notice the difference between the affected tooth and the surrounding ones. This is important in maintaining the self confidence of the patient to smile at will and take pride in his appearance.
Tooth colored fillings have a life expectancy of up to fifteen years if the patient follows instructions for home care and sees his dentist at regular intervals.
Dr. Looze of Southlands Dental in Aurora offers his patients the advantage of his 25 years in the dental profession. He continues to hone his skills by taking part in advanced educational programs. Read more about Dr. Looze on the website, www.southlandsdental.com.