Those of us who are over a certain age probably remember getting those metal fillings, and you may still have one or two of them. They are easy to spot and can even make you feel a bit self-conscious about your smile. You may even wonder if they are safe. Read on for some more information about metal fillings and why tooth colored fillings are now the material of choice to restore damaged teeth.
What are metal fillings made of?
Metal fillings (also known as “amalgam” fillings) are made up of a combination of different metals, such as mercury, tin, zinc, silver, and copper. Mercury can cause damage to the nervous and immune systems and other organs, but you don’t have to worry – your body will only absorb a minimal amount of mercury if you have this in your dental fillings.
What are composite fillings?
Composite fillings are much more commonly used now than metal fillings. They are made of porcelain and resin, and they have many benefits:
• Composite fillings can last up to 10 years.
• Amalgam fillings can expand and contract when you drink a hot or cold beverage, which can weaken the structure of your tooth and can even eventually cause your tooth to crack. The metal can also conduct the heat or cold and cause pain in your tooth. With composite fillings none of this is an issue.
• Composite fillings can be made in just the right shade to blend in with the rest of your teeth, unlike metal fillings that are easy to spot.
• Composite fillings may not be as hard as metal fillings, but they are more similar to the composition of actual teeth. This means they can create a stronger bond with teeth, which helps to support and strengthen them.
Composite fillings are the standard material for tooth repair nowadays, and for good reason. They are durable, safe, and attractive. You won’t even notice you have them, and no one else will, either! If you think you might have a cavity or you are concerned about your old metal fillings, contact Lerner & Lemongello, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Call (561) 627-9000 for an appointment today!