Old filling replacement
Metal fillings are often highly noticeable and can detract from the
beauty of your smile. However, the aesthetic disadvantages of metal
fillings are not the only reason to consider having them removed and
replaced. Our cosmodent cosmetic dentist provides porcelain fillings,
inlays, and onlays for the replacement of metal restorations, and would
be happy to discuss this option with you during your regularly scheduled
Reasons to Consider Replacing Metal Fillings
fillings do not look natural and can negatively impact the appearance
of your smile. In addition, metal fillings are not bonded to the tooth,
which can allow for them to come loose or fall out over time. Because
the amalgams used in metal fillings are prone to expand and contract
with temperature fluctuations in your mouth, metal fillings are likely
to cause internal damage to teeth as well.
All Fillings Have a Life Expectancy
amalgam fillings are designed to last for about ten years. At that
point there’s a good chance that the cement holding it in place is
partially dissolved, which can make the filled tooth susceptible to
decay from within! If your metal amalgam filling is over ten years old
it’s definitely time to replace it!
We use tooth-colored dental
composite for our fillings. Made from a mixture of glass and plastic,
dental composite is the newest technology in dental fillings. It’s
safer, looks better, and acts more like real tooth. That’s just the
beginning of why composite fillings are the best choice!
Eliminate Potential Health Hazards
amalgam is a mixture of different metals with the main component being
mercury. While it hasn’t been proven conclusively that mercury in dental
fillings is dangerous to your health you still have a right to be
We can remove old amalgam fillings all while protecting
you from potential mercury dust or fumes that could be part of removal.
After it’s removed we can refill your tooth or we may place a crown,
depending on the health of the natural portion.
Composite Fillings Are Easier on Your Teeth
may not realize it but your teeth are actually slightly flexible. When
you chew your teeth bend to distribute forces evenly, but metal amalgam
doesn’t bend in the same way as natural teeth. The uneven distribution
of force can lead to microfractures in your teeth that put you at risk
for cavities and painful sensitivity.
Dental composite is
designed to behave just like natural tooth. It bends and flexes along
with your teeth to make the distribution of force perfectly natural and
safe. Your teeth will be able to do every bit of moving they need to
stay healthy and safe!
Replacing Metal Fillings with Composite
in modern dental composite materials and techniques increasingly offer
new ways to create more pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Researchers
are continuing their often decades-long work developing esthetic
materials, such as porcelain and composite compounds that mimic the
appearance of natural teeth. As a result, dentists and patients today
have several choices when it comes to selecting materials used to
replace metal filling repair, broken teeth or teeth with cavities.
Theadvent of these new materials has not eliminated the usefulness of more
traditional dental restoratives, which include gold, metal alloys and dental amalgam know as metal fillings. The strength and durability of
traditional dental composite materials continue to make them useful for
situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that
result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.