Tooth decay and tooth damage are dental problems that need to be taken seriously and addressed as soon as possible. By tackling these issues when they are minor rather than letting them develop or worsen, dentists will be able to help patients achieve lasting wellness for years down the road.
The team at our cosmetic dentistry practice prefer to use tooth-colored/composite dental fillings rather than the metal fillings of the past. There are many compelling reasons for this which we'd like to go over in basic detail right now.
Dental fillings are minor dental restorations that are meant to restore and rebuild tooth structure that has been compromised in some manner. Fillings are the most conservative option for dental restoration and are best for cavities and minor tooth decay. During the consultation and examination process, a cosmetic and restorative dentist will determine if a dental filling or a more substantial dental restoration would be best to meet your needs.
While metal fillings of the past were an old standby, they posed a number of problems to patients.
First off, there are the aesthetic issues surrounding metal fillings. Their dark gray material was a stark contrast to the whiteness of natural tooth structure, and consequently they stuck out a great deal.
More importantly, metal fillings often contained mercury, which is a highly toxic substance. This can pose a health threat down the road.
In addition, metal fillings could cause additional tooth damage over time simply due to their composition. The metal filling is subject to minor changes in shape, expanding in extreme heat and contracting in extreme cold. This can cause small cracks to form in the tooth structure over the course of many years.
These are the reasons why composite fillings are now used by many dental professionals across the country.
Tooth-colored fillings offer a number of benefits over metal dental fillings.
In addition to the above, tooth-colored fillings can be placed without removing as much tooth structure as metal fillings require, meaning an even more effective yet conservative approach to achieving total wellness.
In some cases, the tooth decay or tooth damage that a person faces will be too substantial for a dental filling. In such instances, the ideal option for care involves the use of a more substantive dental restoration. The alternatives to consider in these cases are inlays, onlays, or dental crowns. We will always do our best to work conservatively, and we will be more than happy to go over all of your treatment options in greater detail during your visit.
For more information about dental fillings and your many other options for restorative care, be sure to contact our Mason cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to discussing these matters with you in greater detail and helping you achieve excellent dental health.
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