Here’s something that ought to make you smile: here at Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry we do not utilize mercury fillings in our office. That’s no accident, either. We made a conscious decision to be 100% metal-free for your safety and protection and to ensure that your smile will be able to look its best even following an episode of tooth decay. Today we want to tell you more about it, so, keep reading, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your next appointment with Dr. Boles.
Modern Restorative Dentistry
Restorative dentistry refers to the solutions with which we restore some aspect of your oral health after something has gone awry, like the emergence of a cavity, for example.
Don’t worry, when we come across any cavities or decay in your mouth, we won’t waste any time before we install a simple filling to save your smile and to spare your wallet from more painful and costly procedures down the road. You’ll be relieved to know that we only move forward with root canals and extractions when it is too late for conservative measures.
Dr. Boles is a big advocate of prevention. Around here, we feel that this is your best bet. But even when you are on top of your home hygiene and make regular appointments with a dentist, statistics tell us that some form of decay is likely to happen to you over the course of your lifetime. As such, discovering a cavity early enough to prevent further damage is the next best thing you can do for maintaining the best oral health.
Dental Fillings Are New & Improved
For decades, dentists have relied upon a mixture of mercury and other metals called amalgam for creating the material used in dental fillings. The effectiveness of such treatments has never been in question. Still, there have been many complaints about the metal itself, over the years. And that is not surprising.
You see, amalgam is not known to be discreet and so it is a dark contrast against your otherwise pearly whites. Plus, old-fashioned dental fillings can actually make your tooth more vulnerable to fracture and cause damage to the nearby healthy tooth structures. So, there is not much advantage in all that.
Accordingly, we now exclusively use a newer, safer, and more aesthetically pleasing material for fillings: composite. Composite consists of a blend of resins that lends itself well to the appearance of your natural teeth. Unlike metal, they will look and feel like they actually belong in your mouth.
In addition to being able to fill a cavity in a very subtle fashion, composite resin also has superior bonding properties that allow for much more durability. What’s not to love about that?
In the end, you will see that getting a tooth-colored filling is an easy solution at our Fairhope, AL dental practice. Here’s how it works: we will begin by numbing the area in question. If you are at all nervous about the procedure, we have good options for relaxing you. Next, we will clean the cavity by removing the decayed tissue. After the cavity has been cleaned, we will apply the putty-like composite resin material in thin layers. We will shape these layers to match the surface of your tooth. Lastly, We will harden the resin with a high-intensity light and polish it to match the sheen of your natural tooth. That’s all it will take to get you back on track.
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We hope that this blog has been informative and inspiring. Contact us ASAP to schedule your dental filling appointment.