Posts for tag: fillings

By Sood Family Dental
December 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  

Dental amalgam—also known as “silver fillings”—has been used for nearly a hundred years to treat cavities. There are several reasons why this mixture of metals has been the go-to material among dentists: Malleable when first applied, dental amalgam sets up into a durable dental filling that can take years of biting forces. What’s more, it’s stable and compatible with living tissue.

But there’s been growing concern in recent years about the safety of dental amalgam, with even some wondering if they should have existing fillings replaced. The reason: liquid mercury.

Mercury makes up a good portion of dental amalgam’s base mixture, to which other metals like silver, tin or copper are added to it in powder form. This forms a putty that can be easily worked into a prepared cavity. And despite the heightened awareness of the metal’s toxicity to humans, it’s still used in dental amalgam.

The reason why is that there are various forms of mercury and not all are toxic. The form making headlines is known as methylmercury, a compound created when mercury from the environment fuses with organic molecules. The compound builds up in the living tissues of animals, particularly large ocean fish, which have accumulated high concentrations passed up through their food chain.

That’s not what’s used in dental amalgam. Dentists instead use a non-toxic, elemental form of mercury that when set up becomes locked within the amalgam and cannot leach out. Based on various studies, treating cavities with it poses no health risks to humans.

This also means there’s no medical reason for having an existing silver fillings removed. Doing so, though, could cause more harm than good because it could further weaken the remaining tooth structure.

The most viable reason for not getting a dental amalgam filling is cosmetic: The metallic appearance of amalgam could detract from your smile. There are newer, more life-like filling options available. Your dentist, though, may still recommend dental amalgam for its strength and compatibility, especially for back teeth. It’s entirely safe to accept this recommendation.

If you would like more information on updating your dental work, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Sood Family Dental
September 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  

Need a filling? Many individuals lack knowledge about how many treatment options are available today to make teeth healthy and fillingsstrong. Located in Shelby Township, MI, Sood Family Dental is the go-to dental office for those seeking the latest in state-of-the-art dentistry. Dr. Shikha Sood is a world-class dentist that provides a wide variety of dental services including fillings.

What is a Filling?

Most individuals need at least one dental filling in their lifetime. Fillings are used to treat cavities and repair broken or cracked teeth. A filling is a way to restore a damaged tooth back to its normal shape and function. Many dental fillings last 15 years or more, and the highest-quality fillings — especially those that are well taken care of — may last a lifetime.

Which Type of Filling is Best?

Amalgam fillings are relatively inexpensive and resistant. However, due to their silver color, they are more noticeable than resin-based composite fillings and aren't usually used in visible areas, such as the front teeth. Amalgam fillings are strong. They can withstand the forces of chewing.

Gold fillings are made to order in a lab and then cemented into place. Gold fillings are strong and may last more than 20 years. Gold fillings wear well, have excellent durability and don't cause excessive wear to the surrounding teeth. Gold fillings also don't corrode. This makes them a reliable, long-term solution for cavities.

Porcelain fillings are produced in a lab and later cemented to the teeth. They resist staining and can be matched to the same color of your teeth. The cost of a porcelain filling is similar to gold. A porcelain filling will help maintain the strength of your tooth and minimize the likelihood of future breakage.

A resin-based composite filling is one of the most durable and long-lasting options. After it is bonded to the teeth, the composite resin hardens into a strong material that looks like your tooth. Your Shelby Township dentist can help you determine what type of filling is best for you.​

Call Sood Family Dental Today!

Having fillings done will do you and your smile a world of good. If you need a dental filling and reside in the Shelby Township, MI area, call Sood Family Dental today for the best tooth repair possible. We want all our patients to have strong, healthy smiles that look great, too.

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