Many people deal with cavities over the course of their lives, and visit our dentist, Dr. Dhaliwal, to have them filled. Unfortunately, most dentists use silver fillings, which may contain tin, nickel, silver, and even mercury. Because these fillings are made of metal, they may shrink and expand when they come into contact with hot and cold temperatures, thus not covering your tooth properly. This means that the metal filling will retract over your teeth, allowing space for saliva, food particles, and other damaging substances to gain access to the tooth cavity. If this occurs and bacteria begins to grow, it can result in even further decay of the enamel.
In addition to the coverage issues of silver fillings, many people find them unattractive. Due to their contrasting color, they stand out in your mouth much more so than their composite counterparts, which blend in naturally with the color of your teeth. Many dentists, including Dr. Dhaliwal, choose composite (tooth colored) fillings as an alternative to traditional metal fillings. These fillings are also Mercury-free, and matching them to the natural color of tooth enamel is an easy process.
At our practice, we only use composite colored fillings for our patients. We believe they are stronger, last longer and are aesthetically more pleasing because they match your natural tooth color. If you are interested in learning more about tooth colored fillings, we suggest talking to Dr. Dhaliwal at your next cleaning or oral checkup.