Tooth Decay, Fillings, and Replacing Amalgam
Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that corrupts the different tissues that make up our teeth. When you have a cavity, your dentist must remove the affected tissue before it spreads. Rather than leaving holes in your teeth, we use a material to fill in the spaces.
Before alternative resins became available and popular, it was common for dentists to use mercury- and silver-based fillings. These helped to strengthen the decayed tooth, but they didn’t look so hot and it turned out that they could be poisonous, especially to patients with sensitivity to mercury.
At Jupiter Dentistry, Dr. Jessica Wyatt and Dr. Ajmo don’t use toxic materials for your teeth. He does not use amalgam. Your safety and wellbeing is our number one concern.
We use a tooth-colored resin that is almost instantly set using a special light, which not only keeps your teeth strong and durable, but is safe and looks fantastic. Their esthetic comes from our ability to individualize the color of the resin to match that of the adjacent teeth, making sure that the final results are stunningly seamless.
The benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:
- Preserves more of the natural tooth.
Amalgam fillings tend to be a little bit more inexpensive than white fillings, but when factoring in longevity any price advantage dwindles and disappears. Furthermore, there is absolutely no price you can place on your health, so why accept the risks of poisoning that come with the use of mercury-based dental fillings?
Am I a Candidate?
If you have old metal fillings that you would like replaced, both for health concerns and for esthetic reasons, we invite you to a consultation. Properly placed Tooth-colored fillings can completely change the appearance of your smile, making it brighter, rejuvenated, and more attractive.
Of course, should you come in for a cleaning and should we find a cavity, we only use safe tooth-colored fillings to replace decayed tissue.