White (Composite) Fillings
When you visit the dentist and discover during your appointment that you have a cavity, we recommend that you get a filling to not only repair the tooth but to also prevent further damage. Initially, the option for fillings were to use silver amalgam, which is a mixture of silver, mercury and tin. These fillings had some benefits: they are durable, aren't very expensive, and they can handle a lot of wear and tear.
However, the problem with silver amalgam was that they were not aesthetically pleasing given the fact they did not match the colour of the natural tooth and they would cause discolouration giving off a blue hue to someone's teeth. There are also people that have an allergy to mercury which is found in the silver amalgam. We now offer composites as an alternative for people that have allergies or for those who want to maintain their beautiful smiles.
What are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are an effective, durable and attractive way to fill cavities and strengthen a decayed tooth.
Cosmetic fillings are made from composite resin material that restores teeth to their most natural appearance. The material used in this cosmetic dental service is carved into the appropriate cavity shape while it is still soft, and then hardened with a curing light. Polishing ensures a smooth surface that looks and feels like your natural tooth. Composites are attractive and very durable, lasting several years without posing the threat of further damage.
The procedure is straightforward and performed with immense care. It usually takes a single visit for Dr. Benedict to perform the procedure.
If you suspect you have a dental cavity and would like to know more about the alternatives to silver mercury fillings, please contact our Port Hope Dental office today to schedule a consultation.