Although your teeth are backed by a protective layer, they are certainly not impenetrable. If bacteria sits on your teeth for too long, that protective layer will dissolve and release acids that cause decay on your tooth. As a result, a cavity will form. At our office, we will clean the tooth, ridding it of bacteria. We can then fill the tooth with a variety of options:
Resin Composite Fillings
Resin composite fillings are the most popular filling because they are nearly invisible. The material we use is a composite of ceramic and plastic that provides the same amount of strength as amalgam. A resin composite filling permanently fills the void in your tooth caused by decay while mimicking the natural color of your teeth.
We are proud to provide a material that contains the lowest level of BPA in the industry. Although there is no link to side effects caused by BPA fillings, we understand our patients are concerned about their health and their children.
The traditional type of metallic filling is known as amalgam. This material is a mix of metals including mercury, silver, tin and copper. Amalgam fillings are popular because of their durability and are often used for the back teeth and large cavities. This filling is also naturally antimicrobial. This is a benefit for elderly patients who may not be able to brush or provide adequate self-care.
The controversy around amalgam fillings: Maybe patients are concerned about the mercury in amalgam fillings. Mercury is used in amalgam fillings to create the bond between your teeth and the filling. According to the Mayo Clinic, the mercury in fillings is not the same type of mercury found in fish that may cause health problems. The FDA states, “clinical studies in adults and children ages 6 and above have found no link between dental amalgam fillings and health problems.”
If you’re concerned about which type of filling you should choose, take your time to discuss the options with our staff.