Looking For Composite Fillings In Hastings On Hudson?
The Pros & Cons Of Silver Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings have been used by dentists for over a century to repair decayed, cracked, or fractured teeth. However, they are not aesthetically pleasing since their silver color is easily noticeable. As a result, they are primarily used for back teeth. Despite their lack of aesthetics, they are still widely used, and they are very durable and long-lasting. Over time, however, they will need to be replaced, and the safest way to replace them is to use a composite filling. Silver Fillings are made of amalgam, and contain trace amounts of mercury. This is why they are no longer the standard of care for healthy, holistic dentistry.
The Case For Composite Fillings
Simply put Composite fillings are a more aesthetically pleasing option. They are used to repair decayed, cracked, and fractured teeth, and can also be used to fill in chipped teeth or close gaps between teeth. Like amalgam fillings, they are durable and long-lasting. However, they are more aesthetically pleasing, particularly for front teeth or highly visible areas. Composite fillings do not contain BPA or mercury, and are a safe, biocompatible material when it comes to restoring your smile. Composite fillings on front teeth are called bonding, and look exactly like natural teeth. They can be used to reshape the smile, close gaps in the teeth, and improve the color and appearance of the front teeth.
When you get a filling, your dentist will numb your tooth, remove any decay, and clean the area. If the decay was near a nerve, a special medication will be applied for added protection. With composite fillings, only one appointment is usually required. The filling will be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function. If you grind your teeth, the dentist will likely recommend a protective night guard, to protect your composite restorations from chipping or wearing away as you sleep.
Replacing Metal Fillings
If you have metal fillings and wish to have them replaced with composite fillings, you can do so. Sensitivity to hot and cold is normal immediately after a filling, but your tooth should acclimate quickly, and the sensitivity will subside. Your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to care for your composite filling, and as always, maintaining good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will promote optimal overall dental health.
Interested in Composite Fillings?
If you’re interested in getting composite fillings, make an appointment with our office to see one of our dentists. We will discuss removing the metal fillings and provide an estimate of the costs. We will also check if your insurance company will cover any of the costs.
Call our office today at (914) 693-0199 to schedule your appointment