People have been getting cavities for as long as anyone can remember. That’s just part of life. And for decades, silver dental fillings were the norm when it came to addressing the problem with a restorative dentistry treatment. While these kind of dental fillings work well enough, they do not look particularly good sitting on top of your otherwise pearly whites, and they are also a cause for concern among folks with metal allergies. But there is some good news: at Dores Dental we can set you up with a tooth-colored filling that is 100% metal-free. Keep reading to hear more about our safe and effective tooth-colored fillings, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your appointment at our Longmeadow, MA dentist’s office!
What’s Wrong With Metal?
The silver amalgam that goes into the old-style fillings is actually a paste comprised of mercury along with other metals. This was upsetting to some people. Especially since mercury is known to be toxic in large doses. So, why put it into your body if you don’t have to?
The mercury-free fillings that we feature are made of composite resin, glass ionomer or ceramic, which means that these fillings are tooth-colored, biocompatible materials that contain no mercury or other metals. One huge advantage is that they will look and feel completely natural in your mouth, while also restoring the health of your smile.
An added perk is that these new and improved tooth-colored fillings allow for increased durability by bonding directly to your tooth structure. The old fashioned approach, by contrast, tended to weaken your tooth and leave it more susceptible to splintering.
Does it work the same way? Yes, we approach fillings the same way, just with superior materials. We will first isolate the affected tooth while protecting the rest of your mouth with a rubber dam. Then, we will clean the tooth, remove all areas of decay, and re-shape it as needed.
Then we make it look amazing. The proper shade of composite resin is mixed to closely match your teeth and is applied to the tooth in question layer by layer. There won’t be any weird metallic splotches to remind you of the experience.
Each layer is hardened by special light and your filling is trimmed, adjusted, and polished. That’s all it takes!
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Contact our Longmeadow, MA dental office today at 413-241-3995, if you’d like to learn more about our mercury-free tooth-colored fillings and other restorative dentistry solutions including: tooth extraction, root canal therapy or endodontics, inlays/onlays, crowns, bridges, dentures and implants. Our painless root canal therapy is performed to rescue a tooth instead of extracting it. If a tooth cannot be saved, Dr. Dores will replace it with a natural-looking crown, bridge, denture or dental implant. One way or another, we’ll get you smiling again!