Sometimes a person can have good oral hygiene and it still won’t be enough to prevent tooth decay. When a person gets a cavity, it is something that should be addressed in a timely manner because of the threat to the health of the tooth.
In order to protect the infected tooth and prevent the need for further dental work, the tooth will require a filling after removing the decay. Our Las Vegas dentists recommend white fillings to not only help keep the structure of the tooth in tact, but also as a means to help support and strengthen the tooth.
Replacing Your Silver Fillings
When it comes to tooth fillings, silver fillings use to once be the norm. The amalgam used in these fillings can contain up to 50% mercury, which is known to easily expand and contract with different temperatures, causing the metal filling to wear down. Research has shown that as these fillings wear down, the mercury levels that can enter the bloodstream may reach toxic levels.
White fillings also referred to as porcelain fillings, provide you with a more advanced technology for your Las Vegas dental fillings, making them a safe, mercury-free option.
Because the composite resin material used in white fillings can match the color of your teeth, they present a much more aesthetically pleasing option than amalgam fillings. Since they do not contain mercury, they are also considerably safer than amalgam fillings.
Benefits of White Fillings
White fillings have a natural appearance to them, flawlessly blending in with your surrounding teeth. In addition to their aesthetically pleasing appearance, white fillings offer the following advantages:
- Strength – White fillings use a composite material that is directly bonded to the tooth and won’t expand or contract with temperature. This makes it so that they are more durable and don’t loosen or fall out down the line.
- Tooth Structure – When placing a white filling, the removal of healthy tooth structure is not needed like it may be with other options, helping to preserve the integrity of the tooth’s structure.
- Protection –Since a composite filling is bonded to the tooth it prevents the spreading of bacteria between the tooth and the filling, making it an effective method for protecting the tooth from future decay.
Our Las Vegas dentists have our patient’s best interest and overall health at heart, which is why we are committed to providing mercury-free dental fillings to our patients.
White fillings are a safe and reliable way to repair your teeth without compromising your smile or more importantly your health. If you have questions about dental fillings and would like to see what options are available to you, contact our practice at (702) 445-7075 to schedule a cosmetic consultation with one of our Las Vegas dentists today.