March 22, 2019
Almost everyone has experienced some form of damage to their teeth such as cavities or fractures. If these dental problems aren’t too severe, they can usually be repaired with dental fillings. However, people today are learning more about the potential consequences of metal or mercury fillings and opting for an alternative: metal-free restorations. In this blog, you’ll find out how restorative dentistry benefits you and why tooth-colored fillings are a better option. Learn more below!
Benefits of Restorative Dentistry To Your Overall Health
When you have a cavity, toothache, or fracture, it’s a good idea to get treatment as soon as possible. These problems only get worse with time and, if they become severe, can put you at jeopardy for tooth loss.
Restorative dentistry repairs any damage and restores the strength, function, and appearance of your teeth. And having a full complement of teeth is vitally important to your overall health because it allows you to eat a healthy diet, speak clearly, and feel good about your appearance.
In addition, cavities are actually a type of infection and can become very dangerous if they go untreated too long. If a cavity turns into an abscess or the infection spreads to other areas of the body, it can even be life-threatening.
By restoring damaged teeth as soon as possible, you’ll be able to continue using a damaged tooth for many additional years. But all dental restorations are not created equal!
What Are the Benefits of Metal-Free Restorations?
Studies on the impact of metal fillings are ongoing and the risks aren’t entirely clear. However, since there’s a significant possibility that metal fillings contribute to many health problems, it certainly doesn’t hurt to avoid them.
If you already have metal fillings that were put in long ago, you can have metal dental filling removal and have them replaced with biocompatible, tooth-colored fillings. Here are some of the benefits these restorations provide:
- There’s no mercury to pose risks to your general health.
- Metal fillings lead to cracks and fractures in your teeth because metal expands and contracts rapidly in response to hot and cold. These big swings in temperature put pressure on the surrounding tooth structure, eventually causing cracks. You won’t have this risk with a tooth-colored filling.
- Metal fillings are held in place by mechanical retention, but tooth-colored fillings form a long-lasting bond with the surrounding enamel. That allows these fillings to be smaller and conserve more of your existing, natural tooth structure.
With a tooth-colored restoration, your smile will look and feel great. And you’ll be taking a step towards better overall well-being at the same time!
About the Author
Dr. John Liscio is a general, cosmetic, and restorative dentist with 40 years of experience. With a focus on comprehensive, holistic dentistry, his goal is to improve the oral health of his patients and also help them lead long, healthy lives. If you have any other questions about metal-free restorations, he can be reached via his website.
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