Are you unhappy with metal amalgam fillings? Do you dislike the way they look, the way they feel, the way they give off a metallic taste? If so, we can upgrade your fillings with tooth-colored fillings that look better and can avoid some of the other effects of metal amalgam fillings. While the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) has found that metal amalgam fillings are safe despite the presence of mercury, they acknowledge that a small number of people (perhaps 3%) are highly sensitive and might experience negative effects from these fillings.
If you are looking to upgrade your metal amalgam fillings in Kanata, please call 613.271.7091 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Andrea Stevens at Andrea Stevens Dentistry.
Why Upgrade to Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Metal amalgam fillings are the most common fillings used in Canada today. They’re durable, inexpensive, and have been used for over 150 years. So why are people replacing them? There are many benefits to tooth-colored fillings, including:
- More attractive
- More natural in appearance
- No metallic taste
- Less sensitivity to heat and cold
- Avoid tooth damage
- Avoid possible health problems
The biggest benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they look more attractive. Metal fillings start out silver, which makes them very easy to spot. Over time, they can turn black when they rust, too, which makes them look like large, untreated cavities in your mouth. They can even discolor your entire tooth. In contrast, the tooth-colored fillings look like natural, healthy tooth material.
Many people find that their metal amalgam fillings create a metallic taste in their mouth. This may be related to eating certain foods or sometimes it’s linked to using metal utensils to eat.
Another problem people experience with metal amalgam is increased sensitivity to heat and cold. Metal is a good conductor, and large fillings can conduct temperature changes deep into the tooth. Sensitivity can be worsened because the filling expands and contracts rapidly with temperature changes. The expansion and contraction of metal fillings can also potentially damage your tooth structure.
Finally, while CDA asserts that metal amalgam fillings are safe, not everyone is sure. Some people are very sensitive to fillings and experience related symptoms. Other people are concerned about the presence of other metal in their mouth, which can speed the release of mercury from fillings.
Two Types of Tooth-Colored Fillings
It’s important to understand that there are several options when it comes to tooth-colored fillings. We offer composite fillings and ceramic ones.
Composite fillings are a resin that has ceramic inclusions for increased strength and durability. This starts as a putty that can be spread into the cavity. Exposure to a curing light hardens the filling. These fillings look good and are as successful as amalgam fillings when used properly, but they’re recommended for smaller cavities.
Ceramic fillings, also called inlays or onlays, are made of advanced ceramic materials, like those used for veneers and crowns. These fillings are the most attractive and are highly durable. They can be used for large cavities and can add strength to damaged teeth.
Are You Looking to Upgrade Fillings in Kanata?
Are you unhappy with the appearance, feel, or even taste of your metal amalgam fillings? Maybe it’s time to upgrade. Please call 613.271.7091 today or book an appointment with restorative dentist Dr. Andrea Stevens at Andrea Stevens Dentistry in Kanata.