Almost everybody gets cavities, but nobody wants to advertise that fact to the world. But that’s what metal amalgam fillings do. They start out silver, making them highly visible, and after a short time, they can turn black, looking as bad as—or worse than—the cavities they filled. Tooth-colored fillings can be used to repair cavities without showing the world that you had them. Not only are tooth-colored fillings more attractive than metal amalgam, they can be safer, for your teeth and for your overall health.
If you’re around the Orlando area and want attractive and healthy cavity repair, we can help. Please call (407) 834-6446 or email Orlando cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael L. Weinstock in Altamonte Springs today to schedule your appointment.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are growing in popularity because they offer a number of great benefits, such as:
- Blend in with your teeth
- Create a tight seal with your teeth
- Expand at a similar rate when exposed to heat or cold
- May cause less tooth sensitivity
- Don’t contain toxic mercury
It’s important to understand that tooth-colored fillings aren’t just about the cosmetic benefit—which is still very important—but also have a number of significant health benefits for your teeth and your general health.
Protect Your Teeth from Metal Fillings
Metal fillings have a number of limitations when it comes to protecting your teeth from further decay. First, metal fillings require a significant amount of your tooth to be drilled out so they can be placed. Tooth-colored fillings require much less space to be placed, so they can be used with less removal of natural tooth material. Metal fillings don’t create a tight seal—they’re just stuffed into the prepared tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are actually bonded to your teeth, ensuring a tight seal.
Other problems of metal fillings come from their different response to heat and cold. In response to heat, metal fillings expand faster than your tooth enamel. This can cause tiny cracks in your tooth enamel. It can also cause tooth sensitivity as the filling also expands downward, pushing on the tooth nerve. In response to cold liquids, the metal filling will shrink faster, too, allowing liquid to penetrate into the space around the filling (no seal, remember?)
Metal fillings also conduct heat and cold into the teeth, increasing sensitivity to temperature changes.
Protect Your Health from Metal Fillings
Metal fillings aren’t made of just any metal—they’re 50% mercury by weight. Mercury is one of the world’s most toxic metals, but we’re putting it in our mouth voluntarily. The mercury evaporates from fillings and migrates through the tooth into the blood. It does not take long for mercury from fillings to spread throughout the body.
It’s important to note that both the FDA and the American Dental Association (ADA) have concluded that mercury from metal fillings is no cause for alarm. They have declared metal fillings to be safe.
But other people are not so sure, and many people are uncomfortable with the thought that their fillings contain enough mercury to contaminate a small lake, making all fish caught there toxic. If even one of those fish wouldn’t be safe to eat, how can it be safe to have all that mercury already in your mouth?
If you would like to talk about the cosmetic and health benefits of tooth-colored fillings in the Orlando area, please call (407) 834-6446 or email Dr. Weinstock today.