Azusa area Dentist describes the types of Dental Fillings available
Dr. Luu of Gentle Care Dentistry of San Gabriel Valley provides both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures for her patients. Patients who are faced with areas of tooth decay may need to speak to a dental professional in the Azusa area regarding restorative solutions including dental fillings.
Dental fillings are used to treat areas of tooth decay. When cavities are large enough to fill, patients can speak to Dr. Luu about restoring the tooth with different types of dental fillings. Over the years, many patients have used silver amalgam fillings within their smile. However, this material is made with mercury, which has toxins that can negatively affect one’s health and wellbeing. Gentle Care Dentistry of San Gabriel Valley is a mercury safe dental office which avoids the use of silver amalgam fillings and utilizes composite resin fillings instead.
Composite resin fillings are just as effective in treating areas of decay as silver amalgam fillings, but come with many other benefits. Resin fillings do not contract and expand as metal fillings can, which prevent micro-fractures in the tooth. They are also made of a material that can match the natural color of teeth, which allows them to blend in. Because of their natural look, they are often used for the aesthetic benefits. Composite dental fillings also require less removal of the natural tooth structure, making them a more conservative option.
Dr. Luu can use fillings and bonding for many solutions including repairing decayed teeth, restoring the appearance of chipped or broken teeth, or disguising small gaps between the teeth. The procedure is done with local anesthetics if necessary and can be completed within one appointment.
Patients who are faced with having fillings placed should speak to a professional about the negative effects of silver amalgam fillings and the benefits of mercury safe dentistry. Composite resin fillings are becoming more and more popular as they are effective, safe, aesthetic, and affordable. If you live in or around Azusa, contact Dr. Luu today to schedule your consultation appointment and initial examination.