How to address areas of decay with dental fillings

Tooth decay, or “cavities,” are the most common dental problem, and it can happen to anyone at any age. Thankfully, composite resin fillings are an effective way to address cavities and restore your smile. Dr. Nima Afzalian of Glendale, Arizona, works routinely with individuals to help them learn more about these fillings and how they are used to restore the natural tooth and stop the progression of tooth decay.

What is composite resin?

Composite resin fillings are fabricated from a mixture of plastic and glass particles, making them strong and durable. They are also tooth-colored, so they blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. This is a better choice than alternatives such as silver amalgam fillings, which are still used by dentists today, even though studies show that the mercury content can be harmful and toxic. Composite resin fillings are used to help prevent tooth decay, sealing off the tooth from bacteria and food particles known to contribute to the development of cavities.

Filled tooth

Why should I choose composite resin fillings?

The primary goal of fillings is to stop decay from getting more extensive and deeper. This can result in an infection of the dental pulp within the tooth, later requiring treatments such as root canal therapy or permanent tooth extraction. Composite resin fillings are safe and tooth-colored, ensuring a cosmetic appearance after addressing this dental health concern. While many dentists in the area continue to use silver amalgam fillings, we avoid these and instead use this biocompatible material to achieve better results. Amalgam silver fillings expand and contract with temperature changes, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth and result in an infection. In contrast, composite resin fillings provide a proper seal to protect the tooth from future problems and unnecessary treatments.

Please schedule an appointment at My Dental and Implants

Glendale, AZ, patients interested in achieving oral health and wellness by having composite resin fillings placed are welcome to connect with Dr. Nima Afzalian. Call (623) 526-2330 to request an appointment at 6637 West Peoria Avenue, Suite D-2 to learn more!