Azusa area patients ask, “What is a Composite Resin Filling?”
Patients in the Azusa area who experience areas of decay or breakage may need to undergo special fillings to maintain the structure and strength of the tooth. Many patients ask Dr. Luu, what is a composite resin filling?
Composite resin can be used in many different ways. It can be used to fill areas of tooth decay, repair a chipped or broken tooth, or to disguise a small gap between teeth.
Many patients in the past may have received silver amalgam fillings. These fillings are made up of several different metals and may contain up to 50% mercury. When patients eat, they may heat the filling, which releases toxic vapors. This can affect one’s overall health and wellbeing and is a serious concern. Dr. Luu of Gentle Care Dentistry of San Gabriel Valley provides area patients with composite resin fillings, which are much safer. The benefits of composite fillings over silver amalgam include:
- Safer for the body
- More aesthetic as the color blends in with the natural teeth
- Does not contract or expand as metal fillings do
- Requires less filing of natural tooth enamel for application; more conservative
- Does not release dangerous vapors
Patients can enjoy composite resin fillings in just one appointment at her practice. Patients are properly anesthetized before the procedure to ensure comfort, and then a small portion of the tooth enamel may be removed to allow for a tight bond. The material is then applied to the natural tooth, shaped in place, and hardened with a specialized light. Once the material has cured, it is polished to match the existing tooth structure for a beautiful, discreet result.
When patients are faced with different types of fillings, they should always consider the advantages of placing composite resin fillings. Dr. Luu runs a mercury safe dental practice and avoids the use of silver amalgam fillings for the health and wellness of her patients and staff.