When you have a cavity, Dr. Zadeh, a Beverly Hills dentist, will usually remove the diseased area and replace the missing part of the tooth with a filling. These dental fillings can be made of a composite material or another material, such as a porcelain filling. A composite filling is made from synthetic resins. These fillings used to have a bad reputation for being weak, but recent advances have made composite resins a good choice for fillings for many reasons.
Unlike the traditional silver amalgam fillings, composite fillings are white, so they match your teeth. Because they match your teeth, no one except for you and Dr. Zadeh will know that you have dental fillings. Composite fillings are especially appropriate for front teeth or other teeth where a colored filling would be noticeable.
In addition to their superior color, composite composite dental fillings do not contain mercury. Although the amounts of mercury in amalgam fillings have been shown to be safe, many patients prefer to avoid fillings that contain mercury. Composite fillings use materials that are completely safe and will not damage your health.
Composite dental fillings also form a stronger bond with the tooth. The composite resins form a tight chemical bond with your tooth, which makes them less likely to fall out. This bonding property, as well as the white color, makes composite resins a good choice for repairing chipped or cracked teeth.
In addition, to these advantages, composite resin fillings can often be added with minimal drilling. This means that less tooth material needs to be removed to add the composite resin filling; the less material that is removed, the stronger the structure of the tooth remains.
Composite fillings have many advantages, but they may not be appropriate for every cavity. Composite fillings also may take more time to place, and may require more than one office visit if they are used for inlays or onlays. Finally, composite fillings may be more likely to crack if they are used on teeth that receive a lot of pressure, such as the molars.
Dr. Zadeh will help determine if a composite filling or another type of filling is appropriate for your needs. Ask about your options before your procedure.