Composite mercury-free fillings are the only type of filling that Dr. Rebecca Jackson uses.
The Process of Receiving a Composite Filling
Before the dentist can place the filling, they need to make sure that your tooth is free of saliva and completely dry. Once it is, they use a dental drill to remove the infected parts of your tooth. The dentist then places the composite filling in layers over the opening left by the drilling. After the area is anesthetized, the dentist cleans out the infected portion of the tooth and then places the composite filling. In order for the composite resin to remain in place, a specialized light is shined over the material that allows it to harden. Finally, the filling is polished and the patient’s bite is checked.
The process does take a bit longer than receiving a traditional mercury filling.
Benefits of Mercury-Free Fillings
Metal fillings consisting of mercury was the standard in dentistry for many years. However, composite fillings offer many advantages for both the dentist and the patient. These include:
- With composite fillings, the dentist only has to remove the part of the tooth that has started to decay. Placing a mercury filling requires removing a much larger portion of the tooth.
- Composite fillings are white or tooth-colored, which means they are rarely noticed by others
- Because the dentist bonds the resin of composite fillings to your tooth, it remains firmly in place while withstanding the pressure caused by chewing. Metal fillings tend to crack easier.
This treatment may not be appropriate if you have decay over a very large tooth surface. It’s also important to keep in mind that these fillings are vulnerable to staining.
Schedule Your Appointment for a New or Replacement Filling
Whether you have a recently diagnosed cavity or you want to replace worn-out metal fillings, we encourage you to contact Main Street Dental Arts to discuss your options. When you meet with the dentist in person, they will explain the procedure in more detail as well as show you photos of how composite fillings actually look on the teeth.