White fillings for repairing areas of decay
Are you one of the many people looking for an alternative to silver amalgam fillings? If so, white dental fillings may be the perfect option for you! At the practice of Anjum A. Ansari D.M.D. in Boston, Massachusetts, we use white fillings to repair areas of decay, also known as cavities. The white fillings are made of composite resin, a tooth-colored plastic material. This makes them blend in with the smile and look natural. Also used as dental bonding, this composite resin has many benefits over traditional silver amalgam fillings. Patients in the area seeking white fillings can work with our dentist to repair their smiles with the help of our experienced team!
What are the different types of fillings?
It used to be the standard procedure to address a cavity with a silver amalgam filling. These filings are dark and extremely noticeable in the smile. The focus was more on managing the decay than making sure the restoration looked natural. Unfortunately, many dentists still use silver amalgam fillings, even though they are considered unsafe due to their high mercury content. These fillings also tend to expand and contract with temperature changes, leaving the inner portion of the tooth at risk of infection. Instead, the type of filling used at our dental practice is made of composite resin, which is stronger and more natural-looking while remaining biocompatible and effective.
What are the benefits of composite resin fillings?
The composite resin fillings are:
- Free from harmful materials such as mercury
- Perfect for providing a proper seal on the tooth, as they do not change in shape or size
- Finished in a single appointment
- Natural-looking, blending in with the tooth enamel for discreet repair
Do you have cavities you need to be filled?
Patients of the Boston, MA area who are interested in learning more about the care and attention needed for their smile after a diagnosis of tooth decay are welcome to call Anjum A. Ansari D.M.D. to discuss their treatment options. The office is located at 50 Staniford Street, 8th Floor, and can be reached by phone at (617) 581-0689.