Why do dentists use composite resin for fillings?

Dental FillingsWhen cavities exist, it is vital that patients take action as soon as possible to avoid these cavities from getting larger and more intrusive. In fact, cavities left untreated can become so large that they damage and infect the dental pulp inside of the tooth. This can cause unwanted pain and discomfort, as well as an infection. Some cases of large cavities result in the permanent extraction of a tooth, which then needs to be replaced with a denture, implant, or dental bridge. Instead of letting dental problems get worse and more expensive, the team of Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA encourages patients to be proactive about their dental health and treat cavities as soon as they have been diagnosed.

What materials are used for filling cavities?

There are a myriad of materials that have been used over the years for fillings. These include silver amalgam fillings, metal fillings, and composite resin. One of the most popular options today is that of composite resin bonding as it is not only effective at addressing cavities, but blends in with the smile as well.

What are the benefits of composite resin fillings?

The advantages of composite resin fillings are what makes them one of the most popular choices in dental practices today. Composite resin fillings:

  • Require more conservative tooth preparation, which means much less drilling and removal of healthy tooth enamel.
  • Are considered safe and effective by the American Dental Association
  • Are more aesthetic as the material is filed and polished to look like natural tooth enamel
  • Do not expand and contract as metal and silver amalgam fillings do, which significantly reduces the risk of bacteria entering into the tooth and causing further dental problems

Take time to schedule a consultation with Taylor Street Dental today

Springfield, MA area patients who are interested in learning more about composite resin materials for fillings and other dental work are encouraged to book a consultation visit with Drs. David Peck, Zachary Grillo, Stefan Filip, and Pablo Valestegui. The practice is located at 41 Taylor Street, and can be reached at (413) 781-7645 to request an appointment.

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