At Southard Dental, we’re one of the leading Tulsa restorative dentistry practice. We use the latest in modern dental technology to provide our patients with the highest quality of dental care. That’s why we offer composite fillings to all of our patients. If you’re interested in tooth-colored fillings, and you need restorative dentistry, Dr. Wrany Southard is a superb choice.
Composite Fillings: A Modern Alternative To Amalgam
Amalgam fillings have been used for over 150 years. They are very safe and highly effective at treating tooth decay. However, they contain about 50% mercury, which is a toxic metal. Even though amalgam fillings are safe, some patients do not like the idea of having toxic metals in their mouth. Amalgam fillings can also cause teeth to look grayish in color. Now, there’s a modern alternative to amalgam fillings. Dr. Wrany Southard uses composite fillings for restorative dentistry in Tulsa. Composite fillings are made of a combination of tooth-colored acrylic resin and glass. This combination creates a pliable, durable filling that is just as effective as amalgam.
What Are The Benefits Of Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings have a number of benefits that may make them a better choice for your needs:
- Natural appearance – When creating a composite filling, Dr. Southard selects a resin that is similar in color to the surrounding tooth. Because they match the color of your tooth, composite fillings are much less noticeable than amalgam fillings.
- Increased strength – Composite fillings bond more closely to the surrounding tooth structure. They also require less of the tooth structure to be removed, which helps keep your existing tooth strong and healthy.
- Reduced tooth sensitivity – The silver/mercury material used in amalgam fillings is very conductive. This means that teeth treated with amalgam can be sensitive to heat and cold. Composite fillings are not conductive, so there is no risk of increased tooth sensitivity due to the filling.
- Long-lasting restoration – Amalgam fillings usually last around 15 years with proper care. Composite fillings can last anywhere from 15-30 years, making them a much better choice for a long-term tooth restoration.
Are Composite Fillings Right For Me?
At our general and preventative dentistry practice, both composite fillings and amalgam fillings can be used to treat tooth decay. The choice is yours. Composite fillings are long-lasting and are less noticeable. However, they are also usually more expensive than an amalgam filling, and some insurance companies will not cover the entire cost of a composite filling. Amalgam fillings are safe and effective, and usually are covered by insurance companies, but may be unattractive and lead to increased tooth sensitivity. If you’re not sure whether composite fillings are right for you, come meet your gentle Tulsa dental team and let us help you decide. Dr. Wrany Southard can help you understand the benefits and drawbacks of both composite and amalgam fillings.
Visit Southard Dental For Composite Fillings In Tulsa!
Southard Dental specializes in the application of composite fillings. At our single-dentist practice, Dr. Wrany Southard provides each of his patients with exceptional, custom care, and can offer recommendations based on your oral health and lifestyle. Whether you’re interested in replacing an old amalgam filling, or are in need of a new composite filling to treat tooth decay, contact us for an appointment at (918) 294-1144, or visit our office at 6333 S Memorial Dr, Tulsa, OK 74133.