- May 17, 2016
In our last blog post, we studied an infographic that should have put your root canals fears to rest.
As we learned then, the only pain involved in a root canal are the symptoms of the infection of your tooth’s pulp; the root canal procedure itself removes this infection, therefore removing the pain.
Today, I want to talk with you about the next and final step of that process – or any similar process involving surgery on your tooth itself – and that’s filling your tooth.
For most of the 20th Century, dentists have been using metal amalgams to fill their patients’ teeth. Many still do; it’s a tried-and-true dental technology that still gets results.
Unfortunately, amalgam fillings have some serious drawbacks that you should know about before you get any restorative dental work done by your Nashua dentist, so let’s not waste anymore time and get down to brass tacks.
The Problem With Amalgam Metal Fillings
Like most other types of technology, metal fillings are great when they work. When they don’t, then you’re going to run into problems.
And one of the biggest problems with metal fillings is what can happen when they start to break down.
How is that possible? You might be thinking. Isn’t metal supposed to be strong? Well, for starters, metal is strong, but it’s still metal. That means it is still vulnerable to the same kinds of problems that engineers use when they work with metal.
When it comes to the metal in tooth fillings, the main problem is temperature. You see, metals have unique properties when it comes to reacting to changes in temperature, and those properties are much different than those found in your natural teeth.
The main example of this has to do with the expansion and contraction of metals based on ambient temperature. When it’s cold, metal contracts. When it’s hot, metal expands. Over time, this expansion and contraction will give your filling – and the tooth it’s in – a run for its money.
What often winds up happening is this wears the filling down considerably, causing it to chip and break. As you might imagine, this isn’t good.
In fact, it is bad for a number of reasons.
- Firstly, you don’t want particulate metals floating around your digestive tract, especially if those metals contain mercury, a common element to amalgam fillings which gives them their durability. Although some studies have shown that there’s no discernable, negative health effect as a result, those studies didn’t track the effect on certain populations, such as children, who already have strong aversions to mercury. In others words, you might not want to take those chances.
- Secondly, there’s pain. When your tooth filling is swelling and shrinking based on the day’s weather, your tooth is sadly along for the ride. When a metal filling is literally expanding inside of your tooth, the pain will be immense, but there’s little you can really do about it.
- Thirdly, metal fillings just aren’t that pleasant to look at. Sure, despite their shortcoming they still have their advantages, but let’s be honest: They’re unsightly to look at, and can make it hard to feel proud of your smile.
- Lastly, when a metal filling breaks, it exposes the underlying tooth, rendering it vulnerable to attack from acids, food particles, and bacteria which will just love to make your tooth their new home. And no amount of brushing will be able to reach underneath that broken filling, either
I have some good news, though: You don’t have to settle for those problematic metal fillings, because I can offer you an alternative that’s safer, gentler, and won’t cause your teeth any pain!
Composite Tooth Fillings For Lifelike Smiles
As your new Nashua dentist, I use a composite resin that is matched to the exact color and shape of your regular teeth. It won’t stick out like a metallic sore thumb, and you won’t have to worry about it popping out of place like its metallic counterpart.
My team and I specialize in this kind of restorative, cosmetic enhancement, and will won’t rest until you’re happy with every aspect of your smile.
But you must make your appointment in order to reap the benefits of my tooth-colored fillings and it just so happens I make that really easy to do.
You can call me at (603) 546-7460, or you can place your appointment online by filling out this questionnaire.
I look forward to meeting you, and to treating your smile!