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The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Posted on December 27th, 2013

PDA blog_Composite Fillings SEVEYTraditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Dr. Sevey and Dr. Haluska can offer Bangor, ME patients a much better option for filling the holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. We at Creative Dental Solutions would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet.

The History of Fillings

Once upon a time, the choices for dental restoration materials were limited. Records dating back as far as 659 A.D. tell us that amalgams (of mixtures of silver, mercury, tin, and/or copper) have been used widely for more than 1300 years. There have been a number of scientific disputes (referred to as the amalgam war) over the health concerns of using mercury, but the American Dental Association has always defended the safety of amalgam fillings. Until recently, amalgam fillings were favored because of their strength, resilience, and relative ease of preparation and placement. That being said, amalgams have three main drawbacks:

1)      They are not aesthetically pleasing, may corrode, and can actually stain teeth

2)      They require the removal of some healthy tooth structure

3)      They expand and contract, which can lead to a cracked tooth

Composite Fillings

Modern dentistry offers a number of options for dental restorations. The most commonly used fillings are made of gold, amalgam, composite, or porcelain. Dr. Sevey and Dr. Haluska prefer composite fillings because they are:

1)      Strong

2)      Tooth-colored

3)      Can be placed in a single visit

4)      Require very little removal of healthy tooth structure

5)      Allow for easy identification of tooth decay nearby

6)      Bond extremely well to enamel

Composite resin fillings are made from powdered glass and plastic resin, and placed directly on the tooth in thin layers, then shaped and polished. Dr. Sevey and Dr. Haluska use a special curing light source to accelerate the bonding process. Composite fillings are generally more durable than porcelain, significantly less expensive than gold, and do not expand and contract like amalgam fillings. Bangor, ME patients often prefer composite fillings because they look just like natural teeth.

If you have any questions about fillings or would like to visit Creative Dental Solutions for a consultation, please give us a call.


About Dr. James Sevey & Dr. Natalie Sigwart

Dr. Sevey has 30 years of experience in the dental profession. Dentistry is constantly evolving and Dr. Sevey’s commitment to continuing education keeps him current with the latest advances in order to benefit his patients.

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