Most people over the age of 20 are familiar with metal fillings. Up until modern advancements in dentistry, silver amalgam fillings were the only options for filling a cavity in a tooth. While this option works, those silver fillings are noticeable anytime you open your mouth to laugh, talk, or even with an open mouth grin. Luckily today, people have the option of having white fillings used to restore their smiles. Many people are also replacing amalgam fillings with white fillings to enhance the aesthetics of their pearly whites.
There are benefits to replacing amalgam fillings with white fillings, and here are the top four reasons to say goodbye to your silver fillings:
- Amalgam fillings do not last a lifetime. Amalgam fillings are packed into the open area of the tooth, and over time these fillings will start to wear away. When fillings no longer fill the cavity in a tooth, bacteria can enter the cavity and cause decay. White fillings actually undergo a chemical reaction with the tooth and bond with the enamel. White fillings can last a lifetime with proper oral care.
- White fillings (aka composite fillings) actually strengthen the tooth. Because the white fillings bond with the tooth enamel, the filling and the tooth work together to strengthen the compromised tooth.
- Amalgam fillings contain mercury. Approximately 50% of an amalgam filling is made up of mercury. Many people have found that they have adverse reactions to mercury being in their bodies over an extended period. While there is still on-going research regarding mercury in the body, many people want peace of mind and replace amalgam fillings.
- You cannot see white fillings. White fillings can be color-matched to your tooth enamel. You never have to let anyone know that you have fillings because they will be virtually undetectable inside your mouth.
If you are interested in replacing amalgam fillings with white fillings, please contact Jefferson Dental Care today. We offer comprehensive dentistry services to patients of all ages.
Posted on behalf of Jefferson Dental Care