Untreated cavities can lead to pain, tooth infection, and other oral health problems. But metal amalgam fillings are far from the ideal solution. Metal fillings are packed into cavities, a process that requires a significant amount of healthy enamel be removed. Because healthy enamel is removed, the structural integrity of the tooth is further compromised. Adding to the problem, metal expands and contracts with temperature changes in the mouth. This can allow metal fillings to crack or break a tooth, or to simply fall out completely.
At Fantastic Smiles, our Houston dentists have chosen to only offer tooth colored fillings. Not only are these composite fillings much more attractive than their metal alternatives, they are stronger, more secure, and perhaps even safer for your entire body.
If you live in or around Houston and would like to replace your metal fillings with stronger and more attractive tooth colored restorations, please contact Fantastic Smiles or call 832-862-1111 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Morency.
The Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
The benefits offered by replacing metal restorations with tooth colored fillings are numerous. Some of these benefits include:
- Composite resin can be shaded to match your teeth in color
- Tooth colored fillings are bonded to the teeth, preventing their coming lose or falling out
- Composite resin is impervious to heat fluctuations and will not chip, crack, or break teeth
- Tooth colored fillings do not contain any toxic substances
Most metal fillings contain mercury, a known toxic metal that has been shown to cause sensory impairment and neurological damage. While there is still some debate over how much mercury is released into the body from metal fillings, evidence has been compelling enough to prompt the American Dental Association to warn against placing metal fillings in children and pregnant women.
Limiting potential mercury exposure is not a key reason our dentists have decided not to offer metal fillings, but it certainly is a benefit. We would be happy to discuss this with you in more detail or to answer any questions you may have during your next appointment at Fantastic Smiles.
To learn more about replacing metal fillings, please contact our Top Houston dentist and schedule an appointment today.