WHITE FILLINGS VS. SILVER FILLINGS (AMALGAM FILLINGS)
REASONS FOR CHOOSING WHITE FILLINGS
White fillings are often regarded as being a cosmetic dental procedure, as they can look much more attractive than older style amalgam fillings. They are perfect if you’d prefer your restoration work to look as natural as possible. In addition, white fillings can be a more conservative option for repairing cavities in teeth.
WHITE FILLINGS ARE HEALTHIER FOR YOUR TEETH
When you have an amalgam filling, it will expand and contract whenever it comes into contact with hot or cold substances. Over time this can cause micro-fractures in the rest of the natural tooth, weakening the overall structure. White fillings do not react in this way, as they behave in manner that is very similar to your natural tooth, and will not cause these micro-fractures.
WHITE FILLINGS PRESERVE MORE TOOTH STRUCTURE AND REQUIRE LESS DRILLING
White fillings are ideal for replacing small to medium sized areas of decay, and are strong enough to withstand quite considerable chewing forces. White fillings require less drilling, as your dentist at Midtown Dentistry will only need to remove a minimal amount of tooth structure. This can be preferable for nervous patients, and preserving the maximum amount of healthy tooth helps to retain more of the integrity and strength of the tooth. Composite tooth colored filing material is bonded onto the natural tooth, helping to minimize any tooth sensitivity.
WHITE FILLINGS ARE MERCURY FREE
Even though studies have shown amalgam fillings to be safe, many people are concerned over their mercury content. There are also environmental concerns over the removal and disposal of amalgam fillings. There are no such concerns over the use of white fillings.
White filings provide excellent cosmetic results. They may not last as long as amalgam fillings, and they can stain after a few years, but they are designed to work in harmony with your natural teeth.
It might not necessarily be worthwhile removing amalgam fillings that are still viable, but all fillings need replacing periodically. When the time comes to renew yours, Midtown Dentistry can ensure they are removed and disposed of correctly without exposing you to any harm. If you need a new filling, then choosing a white cosmetic filling will help preserve your teeth and your smile.
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315 Westheimer, Houston, TX
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Service Area for MidtownDentistry in Houston, Texas
Houston, Harris County, Memorial, Montrose, Galleria and Bellaire
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