There was once a time when metal was the standard for filling material. However, there have been many advancements in dentistry that have resulted in strong, durable materials that are more cosmetically beneficial, and which are not associated with the health concerns that some people have about metal fillings. At the Newport Beach dental office of J. Foster Weems DDS, we are pleased to provide metal free dentistry.
Tooth decay, caused by dental plaque, leads to the formation of tiny holes in your teeth, which we all know as cavities. Those cavities create a breach in the protective barriers that ordinarily keep bacteria from getting inside your tooth. Furthermore, they expose the nerve, which even if you don’t get an infection, will often result in a toothache. When you come to our Newport Beach dental office for your six month checkup, our general dentist will determine if you have any cavities. If so, they will need to be be filled promptly, in order to avoid any undue harm to the tooth. Metal fillings, typically called amalgam, are usually made from material like silver, which is linked to mercury. There has been a great deal of discussion over whether mercury in dental fillings has health risks. Not everyone is bothered by it, but because many of our patients would prefer to have something else, our Newport Beach dental office gives you the option of tooth-colored fillings. They contain no mercury and blend in near perfectly with your teeth, so they don’t stand out. Some of these tooth-colored materials bond better to your teeth than metal, also, meaning less drilling required, and more of your natural tooth retained.
When you need a filling, you can depend no our Newport Beach dental office to provide you with a variety of choices to suit your needs and preferences.