Dental Fillings FAQS
If you have been wondering about the advantages composite fillings, these tooth colored fillings FAQs should provide the answers you need.
WHAT KINDS OF MATERIALS ARE USED TO FILL TEETH?
Tooth fillings can be made from amalgam (silver, mercury and other metals), gold, or composite resins (tooth colored fillings).
ARE THERE BENEFITS TO SILVER FILLINGS?
Yes. Amalgam is very durable, and also affordable. Because of its strength, it can be the best material for a patient who bites down hard when chewing, especially in the back teeth. In fact, it is sometimes more desirable to use silver fillings in the molars rather than tooth colored fillings because of the additional strength.
IS THE MERCURY IN SILVER FILLINGS DANGEROUS?
No one really knows how much mercury the human body can safely tolerate. However, according the ADA (American Dental Association), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), US Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization, along with many other reputable associations, dental amalgam is safe.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES TO TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS?
Tooth colored fillings are becoming increasingly more popular because they are more aesthetically pleasing than silver fillings. With composite fillings, your dentist can achieve an exact match to the color of the rest of your teeth, meaning that no one needs to know you have had fillings. This makes tooth colored fillings ideal for use on the front teeth.
Also, with tooth colored fillings, less of your tooth structure needs to be removed in order to prepare the tooth for filling than is the case with amalgam fillings. They also bond more effectively to your teeth, and often can make the tooth even stronger than it was before being filled.
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES TO TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS?
Tooth colored fillings will not last forever. You can generally expect to need to have them replaced more frequently than you would amalgam fillings. They are also more expensive than amalgam fillings, and not all dental insurers will cover them. They also take a bit longer to install than amalgam fillings.
COULD I HAVE MY SILVER FILLINGS TAKEN OUT AND REPLACED WITH TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS?
Yes. This is actually a fairly standard dental procedure.
To learn more about the advantages of tooth colored fillings, or to arrange an appointment, call us at Wagner Dentistry of Summerlin and Las Vegas Area. You can reach us at 702-877-2222. If you would rather arrange an appointment online, you can request one by using the form on our Contact Us page. Our office is located at 4618 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107.
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