When you visit the dentist and discover during your appointment that you have a cavity, we recommend that you get a filling not only to repair the tooth but also to prevent further damage. If you have silver or amalgam fillings, it may be time to change to white or porcelain fillings. Amalgam fillings are a mixture of silver, mercury, and tin. These materials had some benefits: they are durable, aren’t very expensive, and they can handle a lot of wear and tear. However, these materials are very noticeable since they did not match the colour of the natural tooth and they also corrodes over time, blackening the silver as well as the tooth. Some patients are also allergic to amalgam, further compromising their oral and overall health.
Woodlawn Dental offers patients composite fillings that are strong enough for chewing and aren’t as sensitive as amalgam fillings are. The white, porcelain-like material are stain-resistant and colour-matched to appear almost invisible against your natural tooth. The material used in this cosmetic dental service is carved into the appropriate cavity shape while it is still soft, and then hardened with a curing light. Polishing ensures a smooth surface that looks and feels like your natural tooth. Composites are very durable, lasting several years without posing the threat of further damage.
The procedure is traightforward and performed with immense care. It usually takes a single visit for our Woodlawn dentists to perform the procedure.
To get new composite fillings or to replace your amalgam fillings with composite fillings, contact Woodlawn Dental.