Made of metal, these amalgam fillings are conspicuous. The dark metal stands out against your remaining white tooth structure signaling to everyone that you have had dental work. Additionally, new studies suggest that the mercury found in amalgam fillings can be dangerous to your health. While this point is contested by some professionals, it is common knowledge that ingesting mercury is poisonous for your body.
Additionally, metal fillings often contract and expand with hot and cold temperatures. Repetitive contraction and expansion can be harmful to your tooth by creating spaces between the filling and the tooth structure. Bacteria can seep into the inner tooth and create a new cavity beneath the metal filling.
What are the benefits of a composite resin filling?
White fillings are made of composite resin, which is a durable plastic material. These fillings can be dyed to match the exact color of your tooth, so that only you and your dentist will know you have had a filling. Additionally, the composite resin allows the dentist to conserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible, and the material adheres firmly to your tooth.
What are the benefits of a white crown?
White crowns are made from a durable porcelain which can resist staining. The material used for these crowns not only mimics the coloration of your tooth, but also the texture, with its semi translucency. Crowns are often used to replace damaged tooth structure after a root canal procedure or extensive tooth decay.
What are the benefits of an inlay or onlay?
Inlays and onlays are similar to a combination of porcelain crowns and fillings. These restorations use the durability of porcelain to do the job of a filling. Not only are inlays and onlays discrete, but they are ideal for back teeth which endure more pressure from chewing than front teeth. In addition, inlays and onlays conserve more tooth structure than porcelain crowns, while building back tooth structure and function.
Cosmetic Restorations in Trucksville
If you are hiding your laugh because of embarrassing dark fillings from past dental work, contact our Trucksville dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis. At Back Mountain Dental, we offer cosmetic and restorative dentistry services to help you gain a healthy and beautiful smile. To schedule an appointment call our friendly dental office staff at (570) 763-4360. We proudly serve patients in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Trucksville, and the surrounding areas.