Now, why do we often prefer composite fillings over amalgam ones? There are a few good reasons:
Natural Appearance: Composite fillings are made to match the color of your natural teeth. When we use them, it's really hard to tell that you had any dental work done. So, your smile looks just the way it did before you had a cavity.
Preservation of Tooth Structure: Composite fillings bond directly to your tooth. That means we don't have to remove as much healthy tooth structure to place them, unlike amalgam fillings, which require more tooth removal for a good fit.
Minimized Sensitivity: Composite fillings are less likely to make your tooth sensitive to hot or cold things because they don't expand and contract like amalgam can. This can make your tooth feel more comfortable after the filling.
No Mercury: Unlike amalgam, composite fillings don't contain any mercury, which is a concern for some people. So, if you prefer to avoid materials with mercury, composite fillings are a safer choice.
Adaptability: Composite fillings are versatile and can be used on front and back teeth. They're great for repairing small to medium-sized cavities or chips.