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Cavities can happen, even to patients who take the best care of their smile. Dr. A of Philadelphia does not offer silver amalgam fillings (metal) as other dentists in the area do, because of the risks of mercury toxicity. Instead, he encourages patients to consider tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin. This material is colored to match the natural tooth enamel, and then applied into the prepared area of the tooth. Once this is done, the area is smoothed and polished for a seamless finish. When tooth-colored fillings are placed by a skilled professional with proper training, patients can enjoy a restoration that looks completely natural and does not stand out as obvious dental work.
Dr. A uses tooth-colored fillings for many reasons. First, they are safer than traditional silver amalgam fillings still used by many dentists today. Silver amalgam fillings are comprised of approximately 50 percent mercury. Mercury is a toxic substance to the body, and it should be avoided. Now that patients are aware of the problems associated with mercury toxicity, many are requesting their dentists remove these fillings and replace them with composite resin fillings instead.
Second, tooth-colored fillings are attractive. Instead of looking like a dark area on the tooth, the fillings blend in with the natural enamel and others are often unaware that dental work was done. This is a more esthetic option for patients who are worried about the appearance of their smile after cavities have occurred.
Dr. A of Innovative Dental works closely with patients of all ages in his practice to help them in addressing imperfections of the smile and their oral health. When cavities happen, it is important for patients to see their dentist as soon as possible for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Contact the team of Innovative Dental today to book a consultation visit and learn about the ways in which composite resin fillings can improve and enhance the smile.
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