When filling a cavity, your dentist has the option of using tooth-colored composite or silver amalgam. Either material will effectively fill a cavity, but there are many benefits to using composite vs. amalgam materials.
1) Composite Is Stronger
Composite fillings can last longer. Amalgam often cracks when exposed to heat. Composite fillings bond to your tooth enamel and support your teeth to prevent chips and cracks later on.
2) Composite Is More Attractive
Composite fillings look better. Silver amalgam fillings stand out in your mouth. Your dentist can blend composite to match the color of your existing teeth so that the filling blends in naturally.
3) Composite Prevents Sensitivity
Extreme temperatures can make your teeth sensitive. Composite resin insulates your teeth to protect them from sensitivity.
4) Composite Fillings Are Less Invasive
In order to fill a tooth with amalgam, the dentist must grind down a lot of the tooth’s structure. That is not the case with composite fillings because only the diseased part of the tooth needs to be removed.
Dr. Braverman at New York City Cosmetic Dentistry Center uses composite materials for natural looking fillings. For a free cosmetic dentistry consultation, Call Us At 212-688-3838.