Whether you have mercury fillings or white fillings, you need to take precautions to avoid having a dental emergency with a broken filling, or a filling falling out and then, a broken tooth.
Taking care of your teeth is not just about brushing and flossing, which you should do twice a day anyway. You also need to take care of your teeth by making good choices about what you eat, drink, and chew.
Fillings don’t just fall out for no reason. There is always a reason, and it could be that there is a cavity under the filling, or that a tooth was filled instead of having a crown and that filling cannot hold up the load of pressure. Flossing doesn’t cause a filling to fall out. If a filling falls out during flossing, it means it was already failing.
In most cases, fillings fall out at the time of biting down on hard materials such as a pit from a cherry, or ice, hard candy, or bone. The filling might not fall out immediately but may fall out days later while the patient is eating something soft.
There are various kinds of fillings, and some are more durable than others. Amalgam or silver fillings are a mix of several metals, and they are ideal for heavy chewing. However, some people have concerns about the potential for mercury to get into their system from amalgam fillings. They resist wear over time and are great for molars where there are the heaviest chewing forces.
Gold fillings are also exceptionally durable, but they are also the most expensive.
White or ceramic fillings are made of porcelain to match your tooth colour. Porcelain fillings are ideal for fillings that can be seen when you smile as they look nicer and are more resistant to staining than metal composites. However, they are more expensive than amalgam fillings and they are not the best for molars or large cavities as they are less durable under heavy chewing.
To prevent your fillings from falling out, there are some basic rules of what to do and what not to do.
If you do accidentally bite down on something hard and you are concerned you have cracked a filling or tooth, please book an appointment with your dentist immediately.
Most adults have a few silver fillings in their mouth and depending on where those fillings are, some people choose to have them replaced with white fillings, so they are not visible. There is a lot of information available about the pros and cons of silver vs white fillings and you might be concerned about which type of filling is best for you.
You know there are health and cost implications for both kinds, but you have a lot of questions. Finding a holistic dentist who can provide the answers and give you the best option might be a challenge.
There are several reasons why dentists and patients prefer white fillings. The first most obvious reason is their appearance. Particularly for fillings in front teeth, white fillings are much more attractive than metal ones.
Since they attach right to the tooth, patients with a broken tooth can receive a white filling to restore the tooth's shape, which may not be an option with silver fillings. But there are several other benefits to having white fillings in your teeth.
Composite resin does not transfer heat as quickly as metal fillings. This eliminates the discomfort people experience when eating hot or cold food or drinks with silver fillings.
Silver fillings can expand and contract due to heat and this can cause the tooth to fracture. There are also concerns about the mercury content in silver fillings, as some patients can develop an allergy to mercury.
White fillings last for 7 to 10 years. They are strong and durable, comparatively resilient but people who are prone to gum disease might need to have them changed every five years. They are not quite as durable over time as silver fillings which can last 12 or more years.
However, your oral health care and what you eat, and drink can affect the durability of any fillings. How can you know which fillings are the best choice for you?
White fillings are also called dental composite fillings, or tooth-colored fillings. They are naturally colored and blend in with the surrounding tooth and teeth. They are made of a composite resin which is a blend of plastics like silica, glass, or ceramic, and a bonding agent. On average, white fillings may cost between 10-20% more than metal fillings because they use more expensive materials, require a more sophisticated process and additional office equipment.
In addition, some dental insurance plans do not cover white fillings as they are deemed “cosmetic” and not necessary. To assist his patients with dental costs, Dr. Rose works with CareCredit.
At Good Health Dental, Dr. Scott Rose has practiced holistic dentistry for over 30 years. He has won numerous state and national awards for his dental practice, and he is a member of the Holistic Dental Association and the International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists. He has treated hundreds of patients with white fillings to give them a whiter, safer smile.
Because Dr. Rose has been certified to safely remove mercury fillings, he is a strong advocate of using white fillings as a safer alternative for all fillings in his practice. He believes the benefits of white fillings from an aesthetic and a health standpoint outweigh any concerns about their cost or durability.
Even if you and your family maintain good oral hygiene, sometimes tooth decay or other cosmetic issues may appear despite your best efforts. At Good Health Dental, we can take care of these little problems with professional teeth fillings that will help your teeth, mouth, and gums stay healthy and strong.
Regular dental checkups will be sure to catch cavities before they become bigger problems. At Good Health Dental, we will use white teeth fillings to restore your teeth, never mercury amalgam. These white fillings mimic the look of natural tooth structure and bond to the tooth chemically, which restores much of its function. Most importantly, we use materials that are biocompatible, non-toxic, and safe, giving you peace of mind about what is going into your mouth.
Furthermore, our white fillings for teeth will keep your teeth looking natural and healthy. Rest assured, we practice restorative dentistry that focuses on the connection between oral health and your overall wellness.
The information provided on this website is not intended to serve as medical advice. An appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan for any patient can be made only by visiting your dentist, physician, or group of doctors. Holistic Dentist Dr. Scott Rose at GoodHealth Dental shall have no liability or responsibility to any individual with respect to loss or damage directly or indirectly caused or alleged by the information contained in this website or obtained from other websites to which a visitor may connect and view. Good Health Dental, a Solon, Ohio Holistic Dental Clinic, provides family dentistry, cosmetic dental treatment options, restorative dentistry, neuromuscular dentistry (TMJ), dental implants, snoring & sleep apnea solutions, periodontal gum care, sedation treatments, and orthodontics. Besides Solon, a city in Cuyahoga County Ohio, we proudly serve all Cleveland communities.
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