Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way over the years, and the days of traditional amalgam dental fillings are being replaced by that of composite fillings. Why is it that you would choose composite fillings over traditional amalgam dental fillings? Acworth, GA Dentists, Dr. Glenn Reese, Dr. Ryan Smith, and their team are proud to serve the communities of Kennesaw, Marietta, Woodstock and Acworth, GA. We can help you understand the difference between the two filling options and why you might choose one over the other.
Why You Might Need A Filling
Dental fillings are required when a small area of decay, called a cavity, is found. They are painlessly placed to stop any further decay and restore the structural integrity and health of the tooth. This is a simple restorative procedure that is cost effective and a great way to prevent larger decay problems.
Now that you know why dental fillings are a great idea, how do you choose which material is best for you? Let’s talk about your options:
Amalgam simply means a mixture of metals. In dentistry, amalgam fillings are typically made of mercury, silver, tin, and copper and appear silver. Some may worry that the mercury in the amalgam fillings is harmful, but because the mercury is bonded to other metals, its chemical makeup is changed and it is rendered harmless. Amalgam fillings are often chosen because they are cost effective and can fill large cavities quickly. They are trusted for their strength and durability and for this reason are often used in the back of the mouth for molar fillings, where the silver color will not be seen in a patient’s smile.
Composite fillings are made of a mixture of ceramic and resins that, when combined, appear similar in color to a tooth. Because of this simple attribution of the composites, they are most often chosen for the front six teeth that may need filling. The composite mixture also has a unique attribute of bonding to the tooth structure. The bonding can increase overall strength of the tooth being restored.
Amalgam vs. Composite — Which is Right For You?
The final decision when it comes down to choosing whether to use an amalgam filling or composite filling is up to you and your dentist. Each have their variable pros and cons, but when it comes to cosmetic dentistry in the front six teeth, composite fillings are certainly the way to go — they will not only restore your tooth, but they will also restore your smile. The fact is that if you are looking for the most aesthetically pleasing option, composite resin fillings are simply the best.
Schedule an Appointment For Fillings in Acworth
Do you need dental fillings that will restore the structural integrity of your tooth as well as the appearance? Dr. Reese or Dr. Smith in Acworth, GA can restore your smile to its biggest and brightest — just hear what our happy patients have to say! Our staff in Acworth, GA would love to get your satisfied testimonial as well, so give us a call today at (770) 429-8989 to schedule a consultation! You can also send us a message using our online contact form. Either way, we will be happy to help you find an appropriate date and time for your visit in our office in Acworth, GA.