The cosmetic (and other) advantages offered by a composite resin filling
It is completely understandable that the ache of a cavity can make a person nervous. The thought of going in for a filling can make one apprehensive and anxious, especially if they have a misconception about what happens when a filling is placed. While some may think getting a filling is painful, that is far from the truth. Modern techniques make getting a filling a very standard and comfortable process. Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma provides cosmetically pleasing fillings made of composite resin at Lake Chaparral Dental Care in Calgary, Alberta. This material is metal-free and provides a strong and durable filling crafted to match the shade of your tooth. Let us look at why people prefer cosmetically appealing composite resin fillings.
Fillings In Modern History
There was a time, and not all that long ago when getting a filling meant receiving an amalgam filling composed of various metals. These fillings were very unattractive and incredibly noticeable as they were silver in colour. Not only were these fillings unattractive, but they also contained dangerous mercury. An amalgam filling can be composed of up to 50% mercury, which is an incredibly toxic soft metal to the human body. While the effect of mercury vapours, which are released from the filling over time, is still debated, what cannot be debated is that mercury is toxic. So why risk it? Other shortcomings of an amalgam filling are how it expands and contracts as it is exposed to hot and cold food and drinks, how it is not actually bonded to the tooth, and (again) how obvious and unattractive they look.
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Today, most dentists have switched to composite resin fillings. A composite resin filling is metal-free and crafted to match the shade of the tooth it is applied to. This ensures a discreet filling that nobody will notice. A composite resin filling is bonded to the tooth, creating a strong and long-lasting solution that will not harm the tooth over time. This is accomplished using a special light to cure the material once it has been applied to the tooth.Back to Fillings Page