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Have you ever heard of composite fillings? Although dental amalgams are well-known dental fillings that have been around for over 150 years in America, they are known for their shiny metallic look they leave behind as well as for their inclusion of mercury. However, composite fillings are mercury-free and can mimic the natural color of your teeth.

If you are interested in a composite filling, speak with your dentist for an oral health care examination to determine the size, shape, and locations of any cavities you may have. Once your cavities are discovered, dental fillings can be placed. Not only will the cavity be filled in, but the decaying tooth material in the area will also be cleaned out, and the best possible treatment will be implemented.

Typically, composite fillings are best to use for cavities that are too small for other forms of dental fillings. In addition, composite fillings, also commonly referred to as tooth-colored fillings, are very good for sealing the margins of a tooth. This helps prevent leakage. In addition, they are extremely durable and are known to be more preventative for tooth fracture and are likely to survive up to a decade before they may need to be replaced. One of the best benefits of composite fillings is that the original filling will not need to be removed when a replacement is needed. Instead, it can be repaired many times over without removing the original.

If you would like to consult with dentist in New London, Connecticut, you are welcome to contact Dr. Paul Hanna and our team about composite dental fillings. To schedule an appointment at our dentist office of Paul Hanna, DMD PC, call 860-442-3323.