Composite fillings are quickly becoming a more popular option at dental offices around the country. Patients love the more natural look that they provide, but they also like the fact that the fillings do not contain any dangerous heavy mercury that could cause health concerns under the right conditions.
Before you go ahead and have composite fillings put into your mouth, take a minute to get to know them a bit better and what drawbacks and benefits they offer.
More Natural Looking Teeth
One of the biggest benefits of composite fillings is that they look nice and natural compared to the amalgam fillings. That's because they are white in color and blend in nicely with the tooth that is already there. If you want to avoid the metallic look within your mouth, composite fillings are really the best way for you to do that.
More Difficult and Expensive
Composite fillings may be natural looking and free from heavy metals like mercury, but there are some drawbacks to using these types of fillings rather than the options that most people are familiar with. One of the biggest drawbacks is that they are more expensive and some insurance plans will not cover composite fillings.
The next downside is that the fillings are more difficult and time-consuming to put in than amalgam fillings are. The tooth has to be held still longer and it needs more time to heal up after being put in. This is all additional time that the amalgam fillings really don't require.
Wear out More Quickly
While amalgam fillings are slightly less expensive, they also tend to last longer than composite fillings do. That means if you don't mind coming in contact with mercury from time to time, composite fillings are actually less efficient and less reliable than amalgam. That means if you are looking for the most practical way to spend your money, amalgam fillings are actually the way to go.
Composite fillings have a lot to offer to patients that want to look their best, and they are pretty widely available now, today. Consider having the fillings done in composite the next time that you need work performed. You just might be thankful that you do when the time comes.
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