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Tooth Colored Versus Amalgam Fillings

Different Types of Dental Fillings

It used to be that you did not have a choice in the type of filling that you would have when a cavity needed to be filled.  Using amalgams was the common practice, and the combination of different metals was considered to be an acceptable option in dentistry.

Today, many patients are requesting composite fillings, which are tooth colored and blend seamlessly with the look of natural teeth.  These fillings are mercury free and allow for a patient to have a tooth filled without any dotting of silver in the mouth.  Composite fillings allow for a beautiful smile, without the use of mercury.  To learn more about tooth-colored fillings, keep reading Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD’s blog.

Tooth Colored Fillings and Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD

A cosmetic dentist will use composite fillings are made from dental materials that are tooth-colored.  These dental materials look natural and blend with the natural color of the teeth.  Allowing for aesthetics to be maintained ensures that patients can combine excellent oral care with beautiful dental aesthetics.

Tooth colored fillings are created from a mixture of resin mixed with quartz fillers.  Because of the size of these fillers, a composite filling is able to remain durable while also being able to be polished for a natural look.  Dental bonding completes the composite process by bonding the tooth colored filling into its correct placement.  When performed correctly, the bond is extremely strong and very durable.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD uses composite fillings to fill teeth in both the front and back of the mouth.  In addition, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD can replace existing amalgam fillings with composite fillings.  Dr. Lerch only uses the latest technology and methods to ensure that her patients are kept safe during the amalgam replacement process.

Tooth colored fillings allow for patients to achieve a beautiful result using safe dentistry procedures.  In addition, tooth-colored fillings do not require as much tooth to be removed as with amalgams to hold a filling in place.  A healthy tooth can then be preserved with a composite filling with added support from the dental bonding.

Learn More about Composite Fillings

Composite fillings only require one visit to Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD’s New Haven Emergency Dental office and can help patients achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.  If you would like to learn more about having a composite filling, or to learn about having an amalgam replaced, do not hesitate to contact our Center for Esthetic Dentistry.  We are here to answer all of your questions about the procedure, and help you find if composite fillings are a good choice for you.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is passionate about delivering unparalleled services to each dental patient.  To find out more about our procedures and services, please contact our New Haven office today.

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