Tooth-Colored Fillings Are the Safe, Durable, Natural-Looking Solution for Decayed or Damaged Teeth
No one wants to have a cavity, but it is nice to know that there is a safe and aesthetically pleasing option available to repair the problem if it does arise: tooth-colored fillings. Whether you call them composite restorations, composite fillings, tooth-colored fillings, or mercury-free fillings, these durable fillings flawlessly repair the damage that has been done to your teeth so that no one ever needs to know you had a cavity or needed a repair. Plus, they’re safer than any other type of filling.
Why Tooth-Colored Fillings Are Healthier for You
Sure, the aesthetic aspect of tooth-colored fillings is great. No one wants to walk around with a mouth full of silver announcing that you had to have cavities filled, and no one wants to be self-conscious about opening their mouth wide to laugh and others seeing all the silver inside.
But there is a bigger issue at stake: Your overall health and well-being. Amalgam fillings, which is another name for silver fillings, are made with mercury. Mercury is toxic and, over time, can do serious damage to your system. The more amalgam fillings you have in your mouth, the more mercury vapors that are being filtered into your blood stream every time you chew or bite. Plus, over time, mercury-laced fillings can stain your teeth (and sometimes even your gums), making them appear gray. This indicates that what’s in your mouth can’t possibly be good for you.
Yes, the removal of amalgam fillings may compromise the strength of your teeth. But just because silver fillings are strong, that doesn’t mean they’re worth keeping. Mercury-free fillings are designed to preserve healthy tooth structure – not compromise it – and strengthen your teeth and smile. Of course, there is always an alternative solution for repairing your tooth if replacing amalgam fillings with tooth-colored fillings is no longer a viable option. For teeth that are damaged, cracked, or broken in any way, porcelain crowns – some can be created in-office that very day – will repair the problem tooth. And for teeth that have disintegrated so drastically that they need to be pulled, dental implants serve as a sound, permanent, natural-looking solution.
Replacing Silver Fillings with Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you do have silver fillings in your mouth, talk with your dentist about replacing them with tooth-colored fillings. When removed and disposed of properly, the removal of the mercury fillings will not harm anyone within reach of them nor the environment. And composite, non-metallic, tooth-colored fillings cause far fewer problems for dental patients than any other type of filling material. Composites are made of microscopic glass particles suspended in a plastic resin that is free of BPA leaching.
Understand Your Risks for Developing Cavities
Everyone is susceptible to developing cavities. Even the person is absolutely diligent about their oral health, brushing twice a day and flossing once a day and keeping up with preventive care, can develop a cavity. But there are some factors that can make you far more likely to suffer with decaying teeth:
- Medications: Certain medications cause dry mouth as a side effect, and a mouth that is not adequately populated with the right kind and amount of saliva is ripe for cavities to develop. Saliva has the important job of washing away food and plaque from your teeth all day long – it doesn’t take the place of brushing and flossing, but saliva is a critical counterpart to the act. Chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol can help increase saliva production, short of asking your doctor to prescribe a medicine that does not cause mouth dryness.
- Depression: When you’re depressed or anxious, your well-being can fall to the wayside. The last thing you may feel like doing is taking care of yourself, and that includes maintaining a good oral health care routine. Neglecting to brush and floss naturally invites bacteria in and leads to decay, and some depression medications also cause dry mouth which complicates the problem even more.
- Weight Loss: Losing weight in a healthy way is admirable and good for you, but depending on energy drinks to keep you going while you exercise or as a substitute for other foods and beverages can lead to cavity development. These thirst quenchers may refuel your body after a serious workout or promise to replenish you with necessary electrolytes, but they’ll also keep your mouth bathed in sugars and acids, creating a breeding ground for cavities.
- Food Habits: Are you a constant snacker? Drink soda all day? Suck on lollipops or hard candy to curb the munchies? Have a weak spot for foods that cling to your teeth like dried fruit, chips, or caramel? All of these eating habits keep your teeth in a tidal basin of sugars, allowing bacteria to multiply and eat away at your teeth. Frequent snacking and sipping should be curbed, no matter how healthy your teeth are – it’s not good for your diet and it’s definitely not good for preventing decay.
The Versatility of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings have a variety of uses:
- Repair and fill cavities.
- Restore decayed teeth.
- Reshape disfigured teeth
- Rebuild broken teeth.
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth.
Composite fillings are durable and, when bonded in place, can often save a tooth from disintegrating further or breaking more than it already has.
Composite fillings are tinted to match your natural tooth color, which is why they are so difficult to spot in someone’s mouth. You know your dentist has done a good job if even you forget which tooth received the filling because you just can’t spot the repair.
Composite, tooth-colored fillings retain as much of the natural tooth structure as possible and, once bonded securely in place, strengthen the tooth for optimal functionality. You will, first of all, be free from pain or discomfort because of the tooth problem you were experiencing. Plus, you will be able to chew and speak again without worrying about the appearance of your tooth or its stability.
Is your mouth shining with too much silver? Or do you suspect a cavity? Contact Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez or Dr. Sharon Schmeiser in Miami, Florida, to schedule your consultation and learn about the many benefits of tooth-colored fillings.