Tucson, AZ dentist explains the benefits of tooth-colored fillings
Posted By Dr. Jeanne Anne Krizman
We all want beautiful, healthy teeth. Genetics, poor hygiene, and even certain medications can increase an individual’s susceptibility to decay and tooth damage. When decay and cavities occur, fillings are needed to treat the problem areas. With the increased awareness of the dangers of amalgam fillings, patients are choosing tooth-colored fillings as a healthy, aesthetically pleasing alternative. Located in Tucson, AZ, Dr. Jeanne Anne Krizman DMD MPH offers tooth-colored restorations to protect her patients’ overall health and wellness.
The purpose of dental fillings
At some point in their lives, most children and adults experience tooth decay. The decay may be a small spot in a tooth but it must be treated or the problem could spread into a more severe problem such as tooth pain, infection, or tooth loss. Decayed teeth are easily treated with fillings. Dental fillings are used to restore teeth that have decayed or that have cavities. Once placed, the previously damaged tooth is able to function as a natural, strong tooth.
A filling restores the damaged tooth back to its normal function and shape. Before a filling is placed, the dentist first removes the decayed portion of the tooth. The area is cleansed and then filled with the chosen material. The filling closes off the the tooth. This prevents bacteria from entering and causing further decay. Materials used for fillings have included gold, porcelain, dental amalgam, or a composite resin.
Many dental practices have used amalgam fillings which is a combination of metals, generally mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Mercury is the binding agent that forms the mixture into a durable material. Amalgam fillings are sometimes used because they are considered less expensive, easy to insert, and durable. However, the toxicity of mercury brings dangers to these fillings.
By acknowledging the link between the mouth and body, we understand that everything that goes in your mouth, good or bad, affects your physiology. Composite fillings are a metal-free option to restore decayed teeth. Made of a mixture of glass and plastic, composite fillings are free of all metals including mercury. The composite resin is safe and is more biocompatible for patients. Aesthetically speaking, the material is matched to the tooth so it gives a more natural appearance. The material provides a durable, long-lasting solution for treating cavities.
Benefits of tooth-colored fillings
Whether replacing old fillings or placing new, our practice uses composite or tooth-colored fillings. Composite fillings have a number of benefits over amalgam fillings. The advantages include:
No metal - In general, people are more aware of the dangers of mercury. Mercury is the binding agent in amalgam fillings making them dangerous to patients’ health. The metal is susceptible to warping in extreme temperatures opening the tooth up to possibility of structural damage. As the teeth are stimulated, the fillings continuously release mercury vapors into the mouth. Over time the body loses its ability to effectively remove mercury. Composite fillings do not contain metal and are mercury free so they do not introduce additional dangers to the body.
Natural appearance - Amalgam fillings give the tooth a grayish appearance. From a cosmetic standpoint, composite fillings mimic natural enamel and blend in with the tooth. This makes them less visible to the public than silver fillings.
Durable - Tooth-colored fillings bond easily to the tooth to create and maintain a strong surface. This helps prevent breaking and insulates the tooth from changes in temperature. The chewing surface remains stable so patients can continue their regular eating habits. The filling is a long-lasting treatment for decayed teeth.
Safe - When preparing a tooth for a filling, part of the tooth is removed during the process. Since composite fillings bond naturally to the tooth, less of the natural tooth has to be removed to prepare for the filling to be placed. The material is also metal free and biocompatible for patient use.
Dr. Jeanne Anne Krizman DMD MPH is committed to protecting the health of her patients, staff, and the environment. She has extensive training and experience following dental practices that are free of toxic materials.
Whether you need general, cosmetic, or restorative dental care, contact our Tucson, AZ office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeanne Anne Krizman DMD MPH. Call (520) 326-0082.
Top notch staff and services. I'm so happy to have found Dr Krizman and her team of highly skilled professionals who are genuinely interested in helping people with their dental and overall health. They treat the whole person and use the latest technology and techniques to do this. I feel well cared for in each visit.