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Amalgam vs. Resin Fillings

Posted By on Jul 15, 2016

When it comes to dental fillings for teeth there are multiple choices. Some require more work and the procedure is thus more costly. Filling materials include amalgam, composite resin, gold, ceramics and glass ionomer.

open mouth with gold and amalgam fillings visible

While each has specific uses and strengths we won’t include the latter three in our discussion. Gold doesn’t corrode in the mouth, ceramics are used mostly for veneers or crowns (or other “surface oriented” procedures) and glass ionomer is a bit more brittle than resins and takes more time to apply.

The top two choices then are amalgams and composite resins.

Amalgams are made from a mixture of different metals, including mercury. There were some questions as to whether the mercury in these fillings posed any sort of hazard to the patient. However, because it is combined with other metals, its structure changes as a result and the amount of mercury ingested by someone with these fillings is negligible. In fact it is no more than would normally be ingested in food, air or water.

The fact that it’s not the same color as your tooth is a factor for some and they can appear corroded after a period of wear. Additional drilling has to be done in the tooth to hold these fillings in place since amalgams do not adhere to the tooth. That said, it is the least costly of the two options. Amalgams, too, have a longer “life” than resins. Some  patients have seen no problems after multiple decades.

Composite resins (mixed glass and plastic) are a popular choice because they are the same color as the tooth. Unlike amalgams these do bond to the tooth resulting in greater strength and with less of the tooth removed for placement. While strength has improved over the years, they may not last as long as amalgam fillings after several years of wear and pressure. They also require a more lengthy process to place resulting in a higher price tag.

The choice between amalgam and resin may ultimately come down to one between economy and vanity. And insurance coverage may make the choice moot if amalgam is covered but resin is not. Both have their strong points and weaknesses. Ultimately, it’s a choice to be made by you, your dentist and your insurance company.

The short video below shows some of the process of placing composite resin fillings in a drilled cavity:

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Early Detection of Cavities

Technological advances seem to come daily in our lives these days. Compare a visit to the dentist ten or fifteen years ago to today and you’ll see this for yourself. Remember the old spit sinks? Gone. So too in most cases with old style x-rays, now replaced with digital ones.

Dentistry is benefitting from some major improvements. All of which make it easier for the dentist to diagnose and treat abnormalities. In many cases this means earlier detection of problems. That translates to less invasive procedures and lower cost for treatment.

One such advance is the DIAGNOdent machine, manufactured by KAVO, utilizing laser technology. With this pen-like device a dentist can detect caries (commonly called cavities) with amazing precision. In some cases a dentist can find caries that are not readily apparent even on digital x-rays.

With early detection, it may not be necessary to use more invasive techniques like drilling and filling. Quick and painless procedures like air abrasion may suffice in some cases.

Once these “hidden” potential trouble spots are identified, the progression of the caries can also be monitored with the DIAGNOdent.

If not found and left untreated, dental caries may result in loss of tooth structure or may even necessitate extraction. Early is always better and with the advent of tools like the DIAGNOdent, the chances are even greater to achieve a clean bill of dental health.

The technology is new and not universal, but a quick check on the KAVO website revealed a large number of dentists in our area that use DIAGNOdent.

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If you have dilemma weather or not you should get braces, you should definitely read this article. You will learn a lot from the article and it may even help you save your pretty smile!
Your Teeth Look BAD
ma9LYTMUerF4i7M05rfFEnsure you approach your dental specialist for props in the event that you see that your teeth look swarmed or warped. This method for your teeth don’t have adequate space in your mouth, or that they are not organized as they should be. Notwithstanding that, you may have an issue with the arrangement of your teeth. In this way, on the off chance that you see any slanted or swarmed teeth, ensure you ask your dental specialist regardless of whether they prescribe wearing props.
Your Teeth Have A Lot Of Space Among Them
Something else that can be settled with supports are teeth that are too far separated. In the event that your teeth are separated out, and it disturbs you, maybe you ought to ask your dental specialist what move ought to be made with a specific end goal to make your grin prettier. shutterstock_106033760-(1)Notwithstanding that, in the event that you have had some of your teeth as of late evacuated, maybe you could ask your dental practitioner whether props would alter the crevice and fill it with your other teeth.
Your Bite Is Not Equal

Underbite and overbite are not kidding issues and they can influence your whole jaw and teeth, thusly, it is vital that you begin with your dental practitioner about altering this issue. On the off chance that your upper teeth stretch out over your lower teeth, you will in all probability have an overbite.

Then again, of the circumstance is inverse, you are most likely managing underbite. Be as it might, these basic issues can be altered with wearing props. In this way, it is vital that you ask your dental practitioner whether they would prescribe wearing props with a specific end goal to alter your nibble issues.
Food Always Gets Stuck In Your Teeth
2009-05-30__h05On the off chance that you every now and again find for stuck in your teeth, maybe it the perfect time that you talk about wearing props with your dental practitioner. On the off chance that nourishment gets regularly in the middle of your teeth, it’s not only the consequence of poor oral cleanliness, it’s additionally influenced by the way that your teeth are likely excessively near one another and don’t have enough space with the end goal you should have the capacity to clean them legitimately.
Following Dentist’s Advice
In the event that you converse with your dental specialist and they unquestionably suggest it wearing supports, you should do as such. Ensure you generally listen to your dental specialist and do what they suggest.

Not just that along these lines you will secure your wellbeing, however you will likewise make the best decision, and toward the day’s end you will have an awesome grin.

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