The cosmetic dentistry it can range from replacing some darkened fillings with white fillings. Some people are unhappy with the silver fillings that they want to change. That's on one end of the spectrum. You can get into bonding that can be done. The difference in bonding and laminates or veneers is that the veneers are kind of like a fake fingernail that your lab processes and you put that on the tooth. It can change the shape and the color of the tooth. With bonding you do it with a white filling material. It's a one appointment process. There's advantages and disadvantages to both.
Then of course you get with crowns. The two main purposes of crowns are cosmetic, again the change of color, shape. Someone has a tooth that's out of position, sometimes we can do a crown on it and make it look like it's in position. We call it instant orthodontics.
The main functional reason for doing crowns is to strengthen the teeth. You do a filling on a tooth that weakens the tooth somewhat. If it's a small filling then the tooth's not weakened that much. Then you don't need a crown on that tooth. A lot of people don't understand that once you have a filling in a tooth, you're more likely to have a problem with that tooth, than if you never had a filling to start with. Some people think, oh I've got a filling in that tooth I don't have to worry about this anymore.
When a tooth starts to get 40% to 50% filling that's when I start thinking it's getting weak. We might need to consider a crown on it. If you have some teeth that are 40% to 50% filling and nothing's wrong with them, I don't have a problem leaving that alone. If and when something happens and you need a filling and I'm going to change that to 70% filling. Then we might consider talking about a crown at that point. If you come in here and you've got some fillings that are already 80% or 90% of your tooth, that's just an accident waiting to happen. We need to talk about going ahead and doing something proactively on that.
The other difference crowns and fillings. The acids in the mouth that cause the problems. They eat into enamel causing cavities. When you get fillings, they will corrode your fillings over a period of time. Then that goes back to the educating the patients that you need even more attention to your hygiene, your flossing, your brushing than before you had the fillings or else we're just going to be back in there changing these fillings out. Your crowns, the porcelains, the metals that we use are not affected by the acids, so they don't corrode. That doesn't mean you can't get cavities around them, but it won't happen nearly as quickly as it will around fillings.
Why You Might Need A Filling
Dental fillings are required when a small area of decay, called a cavity, is found. They are painlessly placed to stop any further decay and restore the structural integrity and health of the tooth. This is a simple restorative procedure that is cost effective and a great way to prevent larger decay problems.
Now that you know why dental fillings are a great idea, how do you choose which material is best for you? Let’s talk about your options:
Amalgam simply means a mixture of metals. In dentistry, amalgam fillings are typically made of mercury, silver, tin, and copper and appear silver. Some may worry that the mercury in the amalgam fillings is harmful, but because the mercury is bonded to other metals, its chemical makeup is changed and it is rendered harmless. Amalgam fillings are often chosen because they are cost effective and can fill large cavities quickly. They are trusted for their strength and durability and for this reason are often used in the back of the mouth for molar fillings, where the silver color will not be seen in a patient’s smile.
Composite fillings are made of a mixture of ceramic and resins that, when combined, appear similar in color to a tooth. Because of this simple attribution of the composites, they are most often chosen for the front six teeth that may need filling. The composite mixture also has a unique attribute of bonding to the tooth structure. The bonding can increase overall strength of the tooth being restored.
Amalgam vs. Composite — Which is Right For You?
The final decision when it comes down to choosing whether to use an amalgam filling or composite filling is up to you and your dentist. Each have their variable pros and cons, but when it comes to cosmetic dentistry in the front six teeth, composite fillings are certainly the way to go — they will not only restore your tooth, but they will also restore your smile. The fact is that if you are looking for the most aesthetically pleasing option, composite resin fillings are simply the best.
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Do you need dental fillings that will restore the structural integrity of your tooth as well as the appearance? Dr. Reese or Dr. Smith in Acworth, GA can restore your smile to its biggest and brightest — just hear what our happy patients have to say! Our staff in Acworth, GA would love to get your satisfied testimonial as well, so give us a call today at 770-429-8989 to schedule a consultation! You can also send us a message using our online contact form. Either way, we will be happy to help you find an appropriate date and time for your visit in our office in Acworth, GA.