When it comes to Tooth Fillings in Cleveland, you have many options.
Silver amalgam fillings have been placed by dentists since the year 1840. While many dentists seem to be satisfied with this old fashion technology, here at Hylan Dental Care, we feel that there is a better and more effective way to fill your teeth. The new white composite fillings have several important advantages over amalgam. So why are composite fillings preferable over silver amalgam? Let's take a closer look.
You may be surprised to hear all of the wonderful benefits composite fillings provide over silver amalgam.
The dentist doesn’t have to drill away as much of the tooth.
Because composite bonds to tooth structure, there is no need to remove the weakened parts of the tooth that have to be removed when amalgam is placed.
Often, composite fillings can be made one-third the size of amalgam, or even less.
Composite fillings will bond to the teeth.
This strengthens your teeth and will make them less likely to break down and need a crown at a later point.
They are gentler to the teeth, and overall much less irritating.
You don't have that uncomfortable sensitivity to hot and cold for weeks afterward that you may be used to.
For many people, the most important difference is that they contain no mercury.
Silver amalgam contains 50% mercury. While we have been told that this mercury is tightly bound in the filling, some recent studies have shown that they cause small amounts of mercury vapor to be released into your mouth every time you chew.
This makes some people nervous because mercury is a very toxic metal that is difficult for your body to eliminate.
Of course, one incredibly important component is that composite fillings look nicer.
They can be colored to look just like your tooth, so there is no need for the unsightly amalgam fillings that turn black as they corrode in your mouth.
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