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Need dental fillings? Tooth-colored fillings, also called composite fillings, are used to treat cavities and repair worn-down or broken teeth. You can have a healthy, natural-looking smile with tooth-colored fillings. Colesville Dentistry, which is located in Silver Spring, MD, offers a full range of dental services. Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore are some of the finest dentists in Silver Spring, MD. Here are some impressive benefits of tooth-colored fillings.
1. Beautify Your Smile- Tooth-colored fillings are made of a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture. Your dentist can closely match the color of composite fillings to the color of your teeth. Once your dentist completes your composite fillings, they will look natural and won't be noticeable when you smile or speak.
2. Strengthen Your Teeth- Dental fillings may last many years but eventually, all fillings need to be replaced. Composite is a strong, durable material. Tooth-colored fillings are strong enough to use in back teeth (molars and premolars). They can be expected to withstand chewing forces well.
3. Maintain Tooth Health- Tooth-colored fillings work wonderfully for cavities. Most of the remaining tooth structure can be preserved, and the material serves to hold that structure together to prevent further decay and breakage. Tooth-colored fillings can last over 15 years before requiring replacement.
4. One Single Visit- With the hectic pace of our busy lifestyles, we all look for ways to simplify our lives and save time. Say goodbye to lengthy treatment sessions at the dentist's office. Your tooth-colored dental fillings can be completed in one single visit. The treatment will be completed quickly and you will leave the same day with your dental restorations.
If you need a dental filling, why wait? We can help you today! Call Colesville Dentistry at 301-384-6000 today to schedule a dental appointment in Silver Spring, MD. We want all our patients to have strong, healthy smiles that look beautiful, too.
One of the top concerns in public health today is exposure to the metallic element mercury within the environment. At abnormal levels, mercury can have a toxic effect on our nervous systems and cause other health problems.
These concerns over mercury have also increased attention on one material in dentistry that has included the metal in its makeup for over a century — dental amalgam for filling teeth. Amalgam is a metal alloy that can include, in addition to mercury, silver, tin, and copper. When first mixed dental amalgam is a moldable material used for fillings in prepared teeth. It then hardens into a durable restoration that can withstand biting forces.
While the use of amalgam has declined with the introduction of life-like colored fillings, it's still used for teeth like molars subject to high biting forces. With what we now know about the ill effects of mercury (which can make up to half of an amalgam mixture) is it safe to continue its use?
The American Dental Association has performed extensive research into amalgam safety. They've found that mercury is stabilized by the other metals in the amalgam. This prevents "free" molecules of mercury, the real source of harm to health, from escaping into the blood stream in the form of vapor. Although trace amounts of mercury vapor from the amalgam are released as a person chews, those levels are well below the threshold that could cause harm.
From a patient standpoint, the biggest drawback to dental amalgam isn't safety — it's the appearance of teeth it's used on. Silver fillings aren't considered attractive. And now there are viable filling alternatives that not only look like natural teeth but can withstand biting forces almost as well as amalgam. These materials include composite resins, mixtures of glass or quartz within resin, or glass and resin ionomers. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages depending on how and where they're applied.
After a thorough dental examination, we'll be able to advise you on what filling material will work best to produce the best result. And if we do suggest dental amalgam you can rest assured it will be a safe choice.
If you would like more information on the safety of dental amalgam, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Silver Fillings — Safe or Unsafe?”
For over a hundred years dental amalgam — a combination of silver, mercury, tin and other metals — has been an effective filling material for teeth damaged by decay. But it has one major drawback — its metallic appearance stands out in stark contrast to the natural color of teeth.
As an alternative, composite resin fillings can match the color, shape and texture of natural teeth. These materials and the techniques used to bond them are proving just as effective as and more aesthetically pleasing than dental amalgam.
Fillings help protect and preserve a decayed tooth. By first removing decayed tooth structure through drilling, the resulting void is filled with durable material that strengthens the tooth and provides it protection from further decay.
The ultimate goal for restoration is to return the tooth to as near normal form and function as possible. Dental amalgam serves well in terms of function, providing the tooth strength in the face of the daily biting forces it encounters. In contrast, composite resins excel in appearance, but haven’t always matched the durability of amalgam. They’re material construction has improved over time, though, as well as the techniques used to bond them to teeth.
Most of these bonding techniques incorporate layering. The first step is to seal the dentin (the porous, living tissue just below the enamel); we then build up the composite material layer by layer within the tooth using special bonding adhesive and curing lights. In some cases where a large volume of tooth structure must be replaced, the restoration is first formed on the tooth and then removed for curing before being cemented into the tooth or a separate restoration is formed by a dental lab.
The end result is a tooth which both looks and functions like a fully intact tooth. Though care must be taken not to subject composite resin restorations to undue forces (no cracking open nutshells, for example), your new filling should continue to serve you and look great for a long time to come.
If you would like more information on metal-free restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Natural Beauty of Tooth Colored Fillings.”