Do you have a tooth that was once infected with tooth decay? If you still have that tooth, then chances are you treated it in time, possibly with a dental filling. Although advanced dental restorations can last for many years with proper care and maintenance, most will have to be replaced at some point. If it’s been a while since you’ve received your filling, then there are likely more innovative materials available now with as much focus on aesthetics as on function. Miami cosmetic dentist, Dr. Garg, explores the dental fillings of today, and how they can restore your smile’s beauty as well as its health.
Why Change is Better
For over 150 years, metal dental amalgam was the material of choice for inexpensive and highly effective dental fillings. Although concerns have been raised about the mercury content in metal amalgam, the American Dental Association (ADA) has concluded that there is no evidence of adverse systemic effects due to the metal fillings, but warn that elderly, very young, and pregnant patients should not receive them. Nevertheless, the properties of metal make the fillings prone to certain structural failures that can damage your teeth and expose them to further infection. For instance, your inflexible tooth cannot accommodate the metal when it expands in raised temperatures. If the filling contracts in lower temperatures, then spaces can develop between the filling and your tooth’s structure, allowing bacteria access to the vulnerable inner tissues.
Upgrade Your Dental Work
Aside from its structural weaknesses, a traditional filling can also be a bane to the image-conscious, who might prefer that their teeth didn’t display a metallic gleam when they smiled. Using an innovative white composite resin instead of metal, white fillings are tinted to match your tooth’s natural color for a discrete solution that only you need know about. The resin bonds to your tooth’s structures for a more secure seal, eliminating the structural weak points that are unavoidable with metal fillings.
Let Your Miami Dentist Bring Your Smile Back to Life
To learn more about improving your smile by replacing old dental restorations, contact your Miami cosmetic dentist at the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.