Despite advances in preventative dentistry, cavities are still a common occurrence today. Fortunately, cavities can be treated quickly and effectively with dental fillings. At Dhir Dentistry in San Diego, California, we take a modern approach to treating cavities in the form of composite fillings. Composite fillings offer numerous advantages over traditional silver amalgam fillings in treating decay and protecting the integrity of your teeth.
For decades, silver amalgam fillings were used almost exclusively for treating cavities. These fillings are strong, affordable and long-lasting. Today there’s a viable alternative in the form of composite fillings. Amalgam fillings are composed of a combination of metals that include silver, zinc, copper and mercury, which can be harmful for some people. In contrast, composite tooth-colored fillings are composed of non-toxic materials that pose no risk to your health. Composite fillings offer many of the same benefits as amalgam fillings, without the risks.
Both composite and amalgam fillings are effective in treating cavities. Both are capable of handling years of chewing and protecting your teeth from future decay. Composite fillings, however, offer additional benefits including:
Esthetic Appeal – Composite fillings are tooth-colored so they’re less visible when you smile. Dr. Sanjay Dhir can even match the shade of your white fillings to the color of your natural teeth to make them blend in perfectly.
Preservation of Natural Teeth – Amalgam fillings require quite a bit of drilling to remove decay before putting in the filling. This destroys more of your natural teeth. Composite fillings require less drilling due to the pliability of the composite resin material, preserving more of your natural tooth.
Tooth-strengthening – Decay can weaken your teeth, making them more susceptible to breakage. Composite fillings bond to the surface of your teeth to strengthen their structure while protecting them from further decay.
Composite fillings are a discreet, affordable and effective means of treating cavities and protecting your teeth. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanjay Dhir for composite filling cavity treatment, contact our San Diego, CA clinic at (858) 358-5801.