Tooth decay, or cavities, are a common concern among patients of all ages. When the teeth are not properly cared for with brushing, flossing, and routine visits, problems may be spotted during dental appointments. While cavities are common, they are completely avoidable. Dr. Chong Lee and his team at Galleria Dental Aesthetics work routinely with patients who have cavities, but find that many are less than enthused about having a visible filling in their mouth. McLean, VA area patients who are faced with having dental fillings placed will find that there is an alternative to dark silver amalgam fillings known as composite resin fillings.
What are the benefits of composite resin fillings?
There are several advantages to using composite resin as a filling material as opposed to silver amalgam fillings. First off, composite resin fillings are more cosmetic. These tooth-colored fillings blend in with the patient’s natural tooth enamel to make it practically impossible to see that a filling is in place. Additionally, studies continue to show the disadvantages of silver amalgam fillings. These fillings are comprised of approximately 50% mercury. Mercury is toxic to the human body. By using composite fillings, patients are using a more biocompatible solution for the smile that is also safer. Silver amalgam fillings also expand and contract with temperature changes, which can also allow bacteria to enter into the tooth and contribute to a future infection. Composite resin fillings stay in place and seal the tooth safely to avoid this possible issue. With all of this in mind, patients will find that they should always opt for the composite resin fillings versus silver amalgam fillings available at other dental facilities in the area.
Visit us today to discuss the advantages of composite resin fillings
McLean, VA patients who are in need of dental fillings and are considering composite resin solutions instead of unsightly metal and silver amalgam fillings are welcome to connect with Dr. Chong Lee and his team at Galleria Dental Aesthetics. Call (703) 448-1020 to request a consultation visit and learn more about the advantages of tooth-colored fillings for the smile. The office is conveniently located at 1600 Tysons Boulevard, Suite #120.