If you have dental decay and cavities and need dental fillings, you may want to learn more about composite fillings. Cochran Family Dental of Purcellville, Virginia offers these natural-looking fillings that are flexible and toxin-free. They’ll give your mouth a healthy, natural look and will enhance the beauty of your smile.
Amalgam dental fillings, also known as “silver fillings,” have a proven record of being long-lasting. However, they are made of metals, and about 50% of their composition is mercury, which is toxic to humans. Due to concern over this toxicity, composite fillings were developed as an alternative. The composite fillings available at Cochran Family Dental of Purcellville, Virginia will match your teeth in color, and are free of mercury.
Composite fillings are durable as well as cosmetically appealing. While they do not last as long as amalgam fillings, with proper care, they will last about five to seven years. Also, for composites, less drilling is required as the material is flexible. Brushing and flossing and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings can help maintain these composite fillings and keep them functioning well.
The truth about dental fillings is that there simply are no dental fillings that are completely non-toxic. Even composite fillings, which are composed of cured resins made of plastic and ceramic components, contain bisphenol A, or BPA, which is an ingredient in cans and some bottles and which does have some health risks but does not accumulate in the body. However, since mercury accumulates in the body and can move to brain tissue, it is probably the toxin of greater health risk, making the composite filling safer.
If you’re considering composite fillings, call to schedule an appointment with a composite fillings dentist in Purcellville, Virginia today. Cochran Family Dental will work with you to find the best option for dental fillings. Call us at 703-771-9034 and let us give you your best smile.