Cavities have been repaired using a variety of methods over the centuries of dental care. The two most common modern choices are amalgam, or silver, fillings, and composite. Composite fillings have come to take the place of amalgam fillings in nearly all dental applications because of the advantages they have.
Amalgam fillings leave obvious silver patches on your teeth when applied. This distracts from the natural beauty of your smile and can make you self-conscious. Our MedPlex Dental team takes care to be sure your composite filling matches the color of your teeth so you can smile with confidence.
Another great advantage of dental composite is the fact that it contains no mercury. Amalgam fillings have a good amount of mercury in them to make them more moldable. The long-term health risks of this are unsure, but there is an increasing body of thought that labels this source of mercury as a health risk. The composite fillings our dentist uses do not use any mercury and are much safer.
Dentists have recommended repairing back teeth with amalgam even after the introduction of composite because of the durability difference between amalgam and early composite fillings. Now that is no longer needed. Composite filling durability and longevity now equals or exceeds amalgam, so your filings can last for years.
To learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist, please call our office in Orlando, Florida, at 407-351-2245 today!