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What are metal-free composite fillings made of?

The composite material is a combination of tooth-colored plastic and glass materials that are applied in layers. Each layer is hardened with a specialized light before applying the next. When the layers are all applied, your dentist will then shape the surface so that the tooth will fit correctly before polishing it to prevent staining and wear. In addition to being used is fillings, the material is also used in cosmetic procedures that improve the smile, such as reshaping teeth.

Though they are more expensive than amalgam(“silver”) fillings, metal-free composite fillings are ideal for any teeth that are highly visible, and is often used to fill cavities in the front teeth. Most dental insurance plans cover composite fillings, especially when needed on a visible tooth.

Can Amalgam Fillings Be Removed?

Amalgam filling is the most common material used to fill cavities. Over the years, concern has risen because it contains mercury. Amalgam is produced with an integration of several metals. These metals include copper, tin, silver, and mercury. It is a very durable material, especially for teeth that undergo an immense amount of pressure from chewing or teeth grinding.

Amalgam fillings can be removed, but it is recommended to only remove them when they are worn out or damaged. Removing good amalgam fillings can result in unnecessary loss of the healthy tooth structure and exposes you to additional mercury vapor during the removal process.

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We can help you decide if a composite filling is best for you. When you come in for a consultation, we will examine the location of the cavity in the mouth, as well as the size of the cavity, and discuss your history and cosmetic concerns. We will present you with all of your options, and then discuss them with you to help you decide which kind of filling is best for you.

Call our Midtown cosmetic dentist office at (347)727-0806 to book your appointment today!

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