Benefits and Limitations of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Because composite resins are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another pro is that the tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Medium and small composites can last seven to ten years – that’s as long as the tried and true amalgams. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.
Some patients experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from composite resin fillings. The only caution we usually mention is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolor your composites unless you ask to have them coated with a clear plastic sealant.
Holistic Dentistry Benefits
Besides the cosmetic and other benefits of tooth-colored fillings, there are other reasons why many people choose to avoid metal amalgam fillings in the mouth. Some people are concerned about the risk of mercury contained in metal amalgam fillings. Although the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) assert that metal amalgam fillings, and there has been no conclusive evidence of harm from them, other people are not so sure.
There is a worldwide movement to attempt to phase out mercury in dental fillings, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is trying to make dentists use expensive filtering techniques to collect mercury that is known to pollute rivers, lakes, and other waterways. We know mercury is toxic and we know that it doesn’t stay in your teeth, but migrates throughout the body. It may be better to be safe than sorry.
Whether metal amalgam is toxic or not, we know that it interferes with the movement of Qi (chi) through the body, leading to a disturbed energy flow. The holistic dentistry benefits of tooth-colored fillings are an added benefit for many people.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, please contact élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges today.