Over the history of dental care, there have been many different ways dentists have repaired cavities. As we’ve advanced in our dental technology, resin composite fillings began to take the place of amalgam fillings as the cavity filling of choice. There are many advantages to composite fillings over amalgam.
The first and most obvious advantage is the visual aspect. Amalgam fillings are called silver fillings for a reason. The stark difference between the white color of healthy teeth and the grey-silver color of amalgam is very unappealing to most. With Dr. Blaine P. Cusack, composite fillings are mixed to match the color of your teeth to not draw attention to themselves.
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 Dr.Blaine Cusack uses do not use any mercury and are much safer.
In the past, many dentists recommended that cavities in the back teeth be filled with amalgam and the front teeth be repaired with composite. This kept the aesthetic appeal of the front teeth and had the stronger amalgam to support the durable molars. It was thought that composites wouldn’t last as long or be as durable. Not anymore. Composite fillings now last just as long, if not longer than amalgam fillings, with none of the drawbacks. Come to our office in Countryside, Illinois, to learn more.