Cavities are nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, most of us — even your dentist — will suffer from cavities in our lives. Our Kennewick, Washington dental team spends much of its time treating cavities and teaching patients helpful prevention tips.
If you’re over the age of 30 years old, chances are you have struggled with cavities in your life. You may even have a few old metal cavities. Until recently, metal fillings were the standard way to treat cavities, especially cavities in the back of your mouth. But metal fillings are not the only way to treat cavities today. Here are some ways we can restore your mouth without using any metal at all.
The Problem With Metal in Your Mouth
Metal is incredibly strong, but it can create a host of problems for your smile. The most obvious problem with metal is that it does not match the natural color of your teeth. You probably know a few people with metal fillings, or maybe you have a few yourself. You can spot metal fillings, even those in the molars, when a person laughs, smiles, or opens their mouth wide. Dental crowns that contain metal often create a black line around the gum line.
Metal also does not bond with the tooth. While a metal filling is strong, over time a gap can develop between the tooth and the restoration. This is bad because without a seal between the teeth and the restoration, bacteria can make its way between the restoration and the tooth. Metal fillings also require us to remove a larger amount of the enamel. Anytime you prepare a tooth, you put it at future risk of dental problems, so it’s better to have to remove as little enamel as possible.
One of the biggest concerns with metal fillings is that the filling contains mercury, which is toxic to people. While the amounts of mercury in the filling are not believed to be dangerous to people, it’s better to avoid any mercury exposure! See how we can restore your teeth without ugly metal!
How We Restore Your Teeth
Dentists introduced composite bonding to dentistry several decades ago. At that time, the bonding was used to restore front teeth that had chips or small breaks. The bonding material required us to remove less of the enamel, and in some cases, we didn’t have to prepare the tooth. The bonding also matched the natural color of the teeth. Since then, dentistry has advanced so much that our composite bonds are more durable and stronger than ever before. That’s why we use the composite resin material for nearly every filling we place.
For dental crowns, we use an all-ceramic material. This is different from metal-fused-to porcelain crowns in that the material is made from one chunk. All-ceramic crowns are aesthetically pleasing and less prone to crack or fracture.
At Marineland Dental Care, we focus on cosmetics and function above all else. If you’re in need of a dentist who uses the most state-of-the-art procedures, give us a call today at 509-591-0515.