Composite Fillings vs. Silver Fillings By Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S. on April 30, 2011

When you have cavities, it’s important that you visit your dentist to have them filled. This will protect the tooth from further decay and maintain its structure from further damage. In the past, a patient could expect to only get silver fillings while visiting the dentist, but over the years, special composite fillings have been gaining in effectiveness and popularity. Patients are even visiting the dentist to have their silver fillings removed and replaced by composite fillings.

The Differences Between Fillings

Knoxville, TN cosmetic dentist Thomas G. Zarger is proud to offer composite fillings as an option to patients because of all the benefits that they offer over traditional silver fillings. Our team would like to cover some of the basics benefits of these kinds of fillings and discuss how they can be of benefit to you.

Metal Fillings and Their Drawbacks

First of all, metal fillings have been generally effective. They’ve been used for many decades, so it’s not like they are intrinsically bad. However, they do pose a number of disadvantages. For one, silver amalgam fillings contain mercury, which may lead to health concerns down the line. In addition, temperature fluctuations can cause the fillings to expand and contract lightly over time, which can damage the structure of the tooth. And of course there’s the aesthetics of silver fillings: if you have them, people will notice.

Composite Fillings and Their Benefits

Knoxville, TN composite fillings present a number of improvements over those traditional metal fillings. For one, less tooth material needs to be removed in order to place a composite filling. In addition, the composite materials used are safe and contain no potentially harmful materials. Since they are not metal-based, they also won’t be subject to changes due to temperature fluctuations. And of course, there’s the aesthetics of composite fillings: if you have them, people won’t notice unless they know what they’re looking for.

Learn More About Effective Dental Care

If you are interested in replacing your metal fillings with composite fillings or would like to learn about your many options for dental care treatment, contact our Knoxville, TN cosmetic dentistry office today.

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