Through recent decades, there have been numerous advances in dentistry, especially in cosmetic treatment, and the push has been to remove all forms of metal from dentistry replacing metal with other materials such as porcelains and composite resins.
With the amazing advancements that have been made in modern dentistry, metal amalgam fillings are now obsolete. Today's tooth-colored composite fillings are more attractive and more enduring alternatives to metal. Composite resin dental fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal dental fillings.
Metal Free Fillings
Dr. Chee and his team at the Aesthetic Dental Studio in Calgary, Alberta, are now replacing old, silver fillings with newer materials such as porcelain and composites.
To place mercury amalgam fillings, dentists must drill deeply into the softer dentin area of the tooth and drill undercuts into the healthy tooth even when there is no disease. As a result of a metal filling, the tooth can be weakened up to 75%. Mercury fillings also expand after being placed in the tooth and the larger the filling, the more it expands. If moisture gets into the filling, the filling will expand rapidly, and temperature can also cause expansion. This expansion eventually results in tooth fracture.
If you are restoring a tooth for the first time, composite filling materials will not only strengthen the tooth but provide great longevity and beauty. In general, non-metal dentistry is also far less damaging to the tooth. The majority of initial composite fillings require only minimal natural tooth removal and not only restore decayed areas but also seal up weak spots, so decay will not penetrate the other surface grooves.
Are You a Candidate for Metal Free Fillings?
If you have a cavity in a tooth, broken fillings, or amalgam fillings, this type of dental filling is well worth discussing with our dental team. Mercury fillings or amalgam fillings can easily be removed and replaced with far more attractively coloured fillings. These fillings actually strengthen your tooth beyond the level it had with the amalgam fillings.
Composite resins may also be used to enhance the appearance of any tooth, which is a tooth bonding procedure. The composite resin will strengthen and enhance the natural tooth structure.
To learn more about restorative dentistry options in Calgary such as white porcelain fillings, please contact Aesthetic Dental Studio today by calling 403-543-4600 or contacting our office in Alberta online to schedule your initial consultation.