It seems that more and more, patients are interested in receiving metal free dentistry care. We certainly respect our patients’ desires, and so our dental practice, J Foster Weems DDS, provides patients with the option of having metal free dentistry. Our Newport Beach dentist is pleased to be able to offer this treatment option to all.
Some of our patients are concerned about the use of metal fillings. To accommodate these concerns we offer our patients the option of using advanced, new fillings made of tooth-colored materials. Patients are still able to receive treatment with traditional silver amalgam fillings at our dental practice, but everyone will have the choice of receiving fillings which are made of the new tooth-colored materials. These new fillings have several advantages over the traditional silver fillings. However, there are some disadvantages as well. The new tooth-colored composite fillings are made to perfectly color-match your teeth, so no one will be able to tell that a cavity has been filled on your tooth. These fillings also call for less removal of dental enamel. However, the procedure used to install these fillings is a more involved, so they are sometimes more expensive to receive than traditional metal fillings. You will want to check with your insurance company to make sure that these types of fillings are covered. Tooth-colored fillings are bonded to the tooth, so they will make the tooth stronger. However, tooth-colored fillings may eventually chip or even break, as they are not as strong as the silver amalgam fillings. It is generally recommended that if a cavity is large, or the cavity is on a flat chewing surface of a molar, that our patient has it filled with an amalgam filling. However, we will certainly respect our patients concerns and desires when it comes to the filling material that is being used. Our Newport Beach dentist will make a recommendation on the type of filling material he thinks will work best, based on the size and location of the cavity.
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