Composite Dental Fillings

Tooth colored (composite) fillings

Dental fillings have changed considerably over the past few decades.  In the past, dental fillings were primarily metal based (amalgam).  Dental practitioners used silver, gold, zinc, copper and mercury to create amalgam fillings.  As time progressed, manufacturers and dentists begin to reduce and replace amalgam fillings with composite fillings.  While amalgam fillings still have some usefulness, many patients are opting for composite fillings. 

Placing amalgam and composite fillings requires different strategies.  Dr. Vazira understands the nuances of both filling procedures.  She passes these insights to her patients to help them make sound decisions about the type of filling that is suitable.  

Tooth decay is unfortunately common, and it can lead to severe oral pain, visible signs of decay and even loss of tooth if it is not treated properly. With regular preventive exams from Dr. Tatiana Vazira, developing tooth decay can be identified early before any of these issues become problematic. Regardless of how severe the damage is to your tooth, we will determine if a filling is the best treatment option. Many of our patients in the Burbank area are concerned about the impact that a filling may have on their physical appearance. We specialize in cosmetic white fillings, which can effectively treat the damage to your tooth while also blending beautifully with the natural color of the tooth. 

Understanding Different Types of Dental Filling Materials

Silver Amalgam Fillings (top) and White Composite Fillings (bottom)

We want our patients in the Burbank area to be empowered to take control over their oral health, and this spans to the material that may be used in your dental filling. For many years, tooth decay was treated with amalgam fillings. This is a material that may be comprised of a blend of tin, silver, mercury and copper. While this material is durable, white fillings are preferred by many of our Burbank patients for aesthetic reasons.

Burbank composite fillings are the modern alternative to amalgam fillings. They are comprised of acrylic resin and a fine glass-like material. This type of white filling is tooth-colored, so it is difficult for others to see when you speak or smile. 

The Health Risks Associated with Silver Amalgam Fillings

Aesthetics are a primary reason why Burbank composite fillings are preferred, but there are also health concerns associated with silver amalgam fillings that you should be aware of. While these fillings have been used for more than 150 years, modern research has found a link between them and neurological issues, chronic fatigue syndrome and even allergic symptoms. Many of our customers who already have amalgam fillings inquire about the ability to replace them with cosmetic fillings made out of the acrylic composite material, and we are happy to complete this service for our valued patients. 

Your Trusted Source for Cosmetic Fillings in Burbank

The process for Burbank composite fillings treatment requires more time and skill than the alternative treatment requires. Dr. Tatiana Vazira has extensive experience using composite materials for fillings, and you can feel confident that she will produce the natural look that you desire while also effectively addressing the tooth damage. In the event that the tooth damage is too significant to be filled, she can also use other effective treatments. This may include inlays and onlays

Pros of Composite Fillings

One of the claims to fame about composite filling is their white color.  This alone makes them a very attractive option for patients wishing to maintain or restore a beautiful smile.  The composite is comprised of acrylic and ceramic which contributes it mimicking natural tooth-color.  

Another concern that is reaching growing heights is the health anxieties associated with amalgam fillings.  While some information is accurate, other descriptions are stretches of accepted science (or outright fear-mongering).  Objectively speaking, composite fillings are a safer health option.  Additionally, on the dental side of things, there is less tooth preparation required for composite fillings.  This enables the patients to retain the most natural tooth structure.

Cons of Composite Fillings

Composite fillings, while strikingly appealing, are significantly more expensive than amalgam fillings.  They are also not as resilient than amalgam fillings.  For these reasons, some insurance policies do not cover amalgam fillings placed on molars (back teeth).  As a rule of thumb, composite fillings last between 7 to 10 years before requiring touchups or replacements. 

Should You Choose Amalgam or Composite Fillings?

The placement, dental situation, costs, and lifestyle of the patient all play a role in the decision to choose amalgam or composite fillings.  Dr. Vazira always keeps the desires of the patient at the forefront, while providing advice that is congruent with her nearly two decades of professional experience.    

Schedule Your Next Appointment with Us Today

If you have not had a preventative care or hygiene exam within the last six months, now is the ideal time to contact our office for an appointment. When we identify and treat cavities early, you may be able to use white fillings rather than need more extensive cosmetic treatments. If you have noticed signs of a potential cavity, do not delay scheduling a diagnostic appointment with us. Our goal is to help you keep your teeth and gums in healthy condition, and we are available to answer all of your questions about fillings and other treatment options that may be a good fit for your specific needs. Schedule your next appointment with us today. 

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