If you have a cavity in the Pierrefonds, Quebec City area and are seeking a dentist who utilizes composite resin fillings, look no further than Dr. Ramin Mirmooji and the team at Msmiline Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Mirmooji and the team help patients with tooth decay and cavities daily to retain their teeth and a healthy smile. While decay is irreversible, it can be treated with a filling.
Many dentists today have moved completely away from the old metal fillings of the past and now utilize composite resin materials due to their aesthetic properties and ability to bond directly to the tooth. Let’s learn more about fillings.
A filling is a form of dental restoration which corrects and restores a weakened and damaged tooth. Before any filling is applied, your dentist will examine the tooth to understand the extent of the damage, decay, etc.
Once your dentist has completed the tooth examination, any damaged or decayed material will be removed from the tooth. This will result in a cavity that must be filled with a tooth-colored, composite resin-filling material. A filling will cover the cavity in its entirety so that future bacteria will not have any chance of entering the tooth and causing infection.
While composite resin fillings are loved for their customizable nature, allowing the dentist to closely match the shade of the filling to the color of your natural tooth, this has not always been the case.
Just because most dentists use composite resin fillings today does not mean it is the only type offered. Some dentists still use what is called an amalgam filling. An amalgam filling is composed of various kinds of metal, including zinc, copper, tin, silver, and mercury (which make up nearly half of the filling). Many dentists have moved away from this type of filling not only because they are unattractive and silver in color but because they contain metals like mercury and cannot be bonded to the tooth.
Instead, composite resin fillings are crafted from a mixture of glass and plastic, which provides the natural color of a tooth. They are metal-free and biocompatible, meaning your body should not react adversely to the material. They are not sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, unlike amalgam fillings that can expand and contract when in contact with hot and cold temperatures. Because they can be directly bonded to the tooth, they require less of the tooth to be removed in preparation for the filling.
The most significant benefit patients enjoy about composite resin fillings is the appearance of the material, allowing a discreet treatment. You will not need to worry about others knowing you have had a filling every time you open your mouth wide to laugh, yawn, etc.
Additionally, unlike amalgam fillings, minimal tooth structure must be removed to place a composite resin filling. Your dentist will need to remove any damaged or decayed tooth material, but that will be just about it. This allows your tooth to retain its healthy, remaining structure.
Our smiles play a significant role in our self-esteem and confidence. If you are embarrassed about having a metal amalgam filling, you may hide your smile more.