Why Our Practice Decided On Amalgam-Free Dental Care

With modern day technologies of dental adhesion, state-of-the-art ceramics and resins, the newest bonded restorations will be close to matching nature in durability, wear, performance and look. Using these innovative materials, it is easy to bond your teeth together again, practically restoring them back to their original toughness but without the invasiveness of complete-coverage crowns. In most instances, metal fillings can be replaced with materials that are a better solution to mercury/silver amalgam fillings. It is, therefore, a possibility to preserve the healthy, remaining tooth structure, as an alternative to grinding it down for a crown.

Almost everything wears away, and your silver fillings will not be any exception. They hold up against tense and significant biting forces every day, and as they age, they will crack, leak and can cause damaging fractures in teeth. Over time, metal amalgam fillings can actually soak up water, causing them to swell and break away from the tooth. At this point, your tooth is much more susceptible to tooth decay and tenderness.

Mercury/Silver fillings share some negatives worth listing that should be thought of when it’s time to swap your restorations:

• Silver fillings are less appealing than natural-colored fillings. Everyone agrees, they don’t in the least resemble a natural part of the tooth.

• Amalgam grows and shrinks when subjected to cold and hot extremes in your mouth. The frequent growth and shrinkage through temperature might set off cracks as well as fractures in teeth. There may not be any sort of symptoms for a while, but these teeth could become very sensitive as the fracture increases or opens when you bite down or chew. It is not strange for patients to come in curious about how they broke their own tooth when they had been eating something soft similar to bread or a banana. What they don’t realize is that the tooth probably had a fracture in it well before it eventually came apart.

• Silver fillings that are under regular chewing force are at risk of metal weakness or bending and flexing failure, a concept that can be fully understood and confirmed by continuously bending a metal paperclip until it breaks.

• Metal fillings are much harder and less flexible than the teeth they are plugged into. The longer they are in the teeth, the greater force they will place on the remaining weakened walls of the tooth resulting in fractures and cracks.

• Metal fillings are not glued to the tooth cavity. They just sit in the tooth and react under pressure to split the tooth apart, like a metal wedge is required to split logs into firewood.

• A minute space around the filling edge exists from the moment the silver filling is plugged into the tooth; and within this space, normal corrosion and leakage occurs. This space is big enough to allow harmful bacteria and food particles to seep in with time and bring about tooth decay at the margin between the filling and the tooth. Composite fillings, however, are actually bonded to the tooth surfaces and seal the margins closed from invading bacteria.

• In order to get a tooth ready for a composite filling, the tooth can usually be treated a lot more gently and with less healthy tooth structure needing to be removed. And for that reason, the dentist can maintain the maximum level of virgin tooth structure as possible

• Silver fillings necessitate drilling undercuts (think carving out a pumpkin) as well as the removal of larger healthy portions out of the tooth so as to keep the mercury amalgam filling from falling out as it is not bonded directly to the tooth. These kinds of undercuts could also compromise the tooth as fillings get more substantial and doom that tooth to subsequent fracture in the future. These cracks may be significant leading to crowning the tooth to repair it and even major cracks resulting in extraction of the tooth.

• Composites, with their opportunity to be conservative and making use of their gluelike attributes, can strengthen and guard against fracture. By simply blocking the potential of fracturing before going through the signs and symptoms of hot and cold sensitivity and also biting discomfort, completely new conservative treatments like natural-colored fillings or porcelain-bonded restorations are preventing the complications of toothaches and damaged teeth.

• Finally, many dentists say that, bonded tooth-colored restoratives are likely to be safer compared to classic fillings, because they don’t have any mercury. Even though the American Dental Association (ADA) claims the utilization of mercury in metal fillings is harmless, there is an ongoing discussion within the dental sector in regards to the side effects of these mercury amalgam fillings. In Europe, several countries have prohibited the utilization of mercury amalgam fillings to avoid any sort of hazards linked to mercury.

Using a PROACTIVE rather than a REACTIVE method to amalgam replacement is a choice a lot of patients are happy to have The Dental Center LLC follow.

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