Why visit your General Dentist in St. Paul for Mercury-free Fillings
Amalgam fillings, aka “silver fillings,” have been the norm for longer than most of us have been alive. This method of tooth repair originated more than 150 years ago. Back then, folks traveled in horse-drawn carriages. More than half of the adults at that time had no teeth. Since that time, much has changed about a lot of what we do in life. It would seem logical that we may also revisit how we repair teeth that have been damaged by decay.
Dental amalgam is still in use today, more than a century after its inception. More and more, however, dental professionals are questioning this antiquated approach to restorative care. In fact, the conversation regarding the use of dental amalgam has gone global in recent years, leading to a shift toward new and gentler materials. An experienced and conscientious general dentist in the St. Paul area, Dr. Serafimov is pleased to offer composite fillings to patients needing cavity repair.
Composite fillings are also referred to as tooth-colored fillings. The materials that make up composite are resin and quartz. Because a variety of shades can be made from composite, the end result of this treatment is a complete restoration of natural appearance, not to mention other notable advantages . . .
- In addition to looking good, or actually, disappearing, in the smile, the composite filling is also very durable. This stems from the strength of the material itself, and also the technique used to place the filling. Composite is inserted in “putty” form. It is then cured using light. This bonds the material to the tooth, adding overall strength rather than diminishing it.
- Composite fillings are kind to natural teeth because they do not require excessive reduction, like an amalgam may. Another way in which gentleness is represented is in the way that composite moves when it becomes hot or cold. Amalgam, because it contains metal, will expand more than natural enamel. Conversely, it will contract more severely, as well. Ultimately, this could lead to fracture, or to the loosening of the margin around the filling. Composite and enamel are very similar in their rate of expansion/contraction.
Our commitment to our patients is to provide friendly care and long lasting results from that care. To schedule a visit with us, call 651-455-1601.