Are you afraid to smile wide because people might be able to see the metal fillings in your teeth? Are you having problems with a failing amalgam filling? Many patients come to Dental Dimensions in St. Petersburg, Florida, with these concerns, so you are not alone.
At Dental Dimensions, our filling material of choice is composite resin, a tooth-colored restoration. These fillings are 100% mercury-free and blend in beautifully with the natural shade of your teeth, which means that nobody will ever be able to see your fillings – even when you smile your widest and laugh.
Traditional metal fillings, also known as amalgam fillings, are composed of several metals, with elemental mercury making up about 50% of the total composition. As healthcare consumers become savvier and more knowledgeable, more people have expressed concern about having mercury in their mouths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Public Health both take these concerns seriously and have conducted multiple studies to determine whether metal fillings pose a health risk. The good news is that the mercury found in dental fillings is not chemically active, and no adverse health effects have ever been linked to amalgam dental fillings.
Even so, many of our patients would prefer not to have any mercury at all in their mouths, especially when a more esthetic restoration option is available.
In addition to being practically invisible as well as metal- and mercury-free, composite fillings have even more benefits.
Composite fillings allow for a more conservative preparation of your tooth prior to placing the filling material. This means less drilling and better preservation of healthy tooth material, which is always one of our goals.
Amalgam fillings require more healthy tooth structure to be removed before the filling material can be replaced in order to keep the filling in place. Amalgam fillings are notorious for causing cracks in teeth and fractures, which can result in loss of teeth. Patients often report that following the placement of amalgam fillings, they experience sensitivity to temperature because the metal works as a conductor of heat and cold. Another common problem with traditional metal fillings is that when a great deal of filling is needed, the entire tooth can become discolored and look gray.
At Dental Dimensions, you can choose a composite filling for your next restoration, or we can replace failing amalgam fillings with composites to improve the appearance and seal of your tooth. Call us today to schedule an appointment and consultation.