The goal of your dental hygiene routine is to prevent tooth decay, but this is not always possible. Even if you diligently clean your teeth after every meal and visit our office every six months for professional cleanings, tooth decay can occur. When it does, the preferable and least invasive treatment option is a white filling.
At Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown we offer tooth colored/white fillings, the safest and most effective option available. Tooth colored fillings blend seamlessly into your smile to produce a natural look, but offer a number of other benefits as well.
If you think you might need a filling in Tarrytown and want to learn whether tooth colored fillings are right for you, please call (914) 332-4402 or email Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown today for an appointment.
The Problems with Metal Fillings
To understand the benefits of tooth colored fillings you must first understand the drawbacks of traditional fillings. In the past, dentists commonly used metal amalgam fillings. These fillings are unsightly and can also cause additional damage to your teeth. To place a metal filling a significant amount of your natural tooth must be removed, allowing the filling to be packed into the cavity. In addition, as temperatures change in your mouth, metal fillings will expand and contract, motions that can crack your tooth or allow the filling to become loose and fall out.
And although the FDA and the American Dental Association have stated that metal fillings are safe, many people are made nervous by the high mercury content in fillings. Mercury is a toxic metal, and it is about half the weight of mercury fillings. A simple, one-surface filling of amalgam contains about 155 mg (0.005 ounces) of mercury. By comparison, a broken CFL bulb would release 0.04 mg to 0.7 mg of mercury if left unattended for 24 hours.
Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
We offer two types of tooth colored fillings. One is made from a composite resin and the other is made from advanced ceramics similar to all ceramic dental crowns or porcelain veneers. This type is called dental inlays and onlays. This allows Dr. Mejia to preserve much more of your natural tooth structure. Temperature fluctuations in your mouth don’t affect the white fillings material. This allows tooth colored fillings to provide consistent protection with no risk of falling out.
They can also protect your teeth from breaking. Dental inlays and onlays are more reliable and stronger than their metal alternatives. Composite resin fillings preserve more of your natural tooth structure, are much better for the health of your smile. Due to the aesthetic and functional superiority of white fillings, they are the only option our Tarrytown dentists offer. If you have metal fillings you would like to have replaced with this superior option, Dr. Mejia can discuss your options with you during your initial consultation.
For more information on our general dentistry services, please call (914) 332-4402 or contact Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown today to schedule your initial consultation. We provide white fillings for people of all ages in the Tarrytown, New York.