We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These dental fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Composite fillings are not only beautiful but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Disadvantages of Silver Fillings
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This creates places where plaque bacteria can enter between the filling and the tooth and tooth decay can quickly result. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts and can split.
Silver fillings contain 50% mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums. This mercury also causes these fillings to expand and contract with temperature changes in food and drink and over years of this occurring, small cracks in the teeth can form. These cracks can lead to cavities, tooth fracture and sensitivity.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with tooth-colored restorations.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composite fillings are bonded to the teeth, creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. The tooth structure remains intact and stronger.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.
If you and your family are looking for exceptional dental care, get in touch with Dr. Audrey Sim. She is a trusted name in comprehensive general and family dentistry in Algonquin, IL as well as the nearby Illinois communities of Carpentersville, Crystal Lake, Huntley and Lake in the Hills.
Dr. Audrey is also known for her exceptional cosmetic dentistry solutions. She offers dental crown restorations, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants and dentures. This highly experienced local dentist also performs wisdom tooth extraction, treatment for periodontal disease and offers braces for adults.
To learn more about our dental fillings and sealants, please call our office. For your convenience, you can use our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation with Dr. Audrey Sim.