How to Have a Dental Filling (and Not Look Like You Did)

How to Have a Dental Filling (and Not Look Like You Did)

Your teeth are strong and designed to last a lifetime with proper care. That care can involve and occasional restoration including a dental filling.

Tooth decay or tooth damage from an accident can require your tooth to be filled. When a dental filling is recommended you have choices and each comes with aesthetic benefits.

Metal no more?

The old metal fillings are called amalgam fillings. Amalgam is a combination of metals which include silver, mercury, tin and copper. Millions of people have amalgam fillings however concern has been raised over the mercury in amalgam. The controversy over amalgam centers on how much mercury fillings released and how much the body absorbs. In the past, amalgam fillings were thought to be inert. This would mean that no mercury was released once the filling was placed in the tooth. In recent years, sophisticated tests have changed this view. Very small amounts of mercury in the form of vapor can be released as the amalgam filling wears.

A more current option is called composites. This type of filling allows for durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.

A third option is Porcelain fillings. This type of filling is virtually undetectable because they can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. They are also functionally superior to metal fillings, and will not become loose, fall out or impact the structure of your tooth. And because they’re not metal, they’re more compatible with your overall health.

Dental fillings are an important treatment to keep your teeth healthy and functional. Tooth colored fillings give you a less noticeable advantage with improved results.

Contact your dentist about any issues with Dental fillings Call us at 914-921-5437 to schedule a free consultation.

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