As they’re name suggests, mercury-free fillings don’t contain mercury or any other traces of metal, which makes them safer for a wider variety of patients. Yet, the absence of mercury isn’t the only benefit that they provide. Made from a highly customizable, biocompatible composite resin, the fillings are also designed to blend in discreetly with your teeth and offer better protection against oral bacteria. Today, we take a closer look at these benefits and the reasons why tooth-colored, mercury-free fillings are often the better choice.
Tooth-colored dental resin is a composite of biocompatible acrylic and quartz-like particles, which can be tinted to closely match the unique color and shade of your tooth. This makes the filling indistinguishable from the healthy tooth structure surrounding it, which offers more cosmetically pleasing results for your smile.
They’re More Protective
Discretion is important for maintaining your confidence in your smile, but a more impactful benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they offer better protection for your tooth against cavity-causing oral bacteria. When the filling is placed in the cavity, it can be securely bonded to the tooth structure to create a tight, reliable seal, ensuring that oral bacteria can’t enter the cavity and make it worse.
They Stay the Same Shape
Unlike metal, composite resin can also conform precisely to every curve, nook, and crevice within your tooth’s cavity, more thoroughly restoring the tooth structure that has been lost. In addition, the filling won’t change shape as a metal filling does when repetitively exposed to extreme temperatures.
Learn About Tooth-Colored, Mercury-Free Fillings
In addition to being safer and more biocompatible, mercury-fillings provide several other benefits for your tooth, your smile’s appearance, and your long-term oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.