In the past, the primary method for repairing a tooth with a cavity was to prepare the tooth by removing the decay and placing a silver amalgam filling. These dark, mercury-filled fillings were considered the gold standard in treating a tooth with decay, but studies have shown they can be toxic. Instead, the team at Mark H. Wright, DDS in Colorado Springs, Colorado, encourages patients to consider non-toxic cavity-filling solutions such as composite resin fillings.
Composite dental bonding is a type of restoration that is made from a mixture of acrylic resin and glass, quartz, or other ceramic particles. Composite fillings are tooth-colored and blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. They require less preparation than silver amalgam fillings since they can be easily formed in the desired shape for a custom fit. These composite fillings bond directly to the existing tooth structure and can last several years with proper care.
Composite resin bonding is a non-toxic substance, while silver amalgam fillings formulated with approximately 50% mercury can result in mercury toxicity. This makes them a risk for many patients, especially those with metal allergies or concerned about neurological problems associated with mercury toxicity. Additionally, silver amalgam fillings tend to expand and contract due to temperature changes, allowing bacteria to leak into the natural tooth structure and increase one’s risk of infection. And one of the primary reasons patients choose composite fillings is because they are more esthetic and color-matched to the natural tooth when placed for a seamless repair!
At the practice of Dr. Mark H. Wright, we embrace technology and state-of-the-art techniques to help our patients achieve the smiles they desire!
If you want to learn more about non-toxic cavity-filling options such as composite resin bonding, connect with our team today by calling (719) 624-4122! Dr. Mark H. Wright and his team are happy to accept new patients.