Silver amalgam fillings are a mixture of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. They have been under scrutiny for years due to the belief that mercury leaches out of the filling and you’re your body causing serious illnesses. Even though these claims have never been substantiated, another type of dental filling has been introduced. It is a metal-free filling that is tooth colored and made of plastic and glass. This metal-free filling is called composite resin.
Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin is used for the same types of fillings as silver amalgam, accept composite resin is also used to fabricate inlays and onlays. Because composite is tooth colored, it is commonly used in place of silver amalgam. It is also commonly used because it is not only metal-free, but mercury free. There are no health concerns associated with placing a composite filling.
Composite can be used to treat a variety of dental conditions including:
- Decayed, cracked, or fractured teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Worn teeth
Benefits of Composite Fillings
- Tooth colored, blend with dentition
- Not as invasive as placing metal fillings
- Durable and long lasting
- Can be used for cosmetic bonding to cover a variety of minor imperfections
- Helps strengthen the tooth structure
Placing a Composite Filling
Composite fillings are placed the same way as silver amalgam fillings only you don’t need to remove as much tooth structure. Composite not only restores the shape, function, and color of the tooth, it helps strengthen it as well. To place a composite filling your dentist will numb the area, remove the decay, clean and disinfect the remaining tooth structure, and place, shape, and polish the composite.
About Your Reno Dentists
Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.