Dental fillings can be the heroes in saving your teeth from further breakdown when dental cavities form. Dental fillings are one of the most common procedures in dentistry, and you probably have a filling in your mouth. Because of the popularity of dental fillings, most patients view getting one as a routine procedure and rarely give a second thought to the materials used.
Nashville Restorative Dentistry in Franklin, Tennessee, believes in patient education. When you need a dental filling, we ensure you know your options and how different materials can affect your health. Unfortunately, in the USA, unlike many other countries, patients with cavities can opt for composite or mercury containing amalgam fillings. Drs. Ryan Jones and Caleb Estes will guide you in choosing the best restorative option and material in your specific case and they never use mercury containing materials.
Years back, amalgam fillings were the only restorations available for cavity treatment. These fillings, also known as mercury or silver-colored fillings, are composed of a mixture of metals, including silver, zinc, copper, tin, and mercury. Because it’s liquid at room temperature, when mixed with other powdered metals, mercury forms an adaptable amalgam that’s easily pressed into a tooth cavity. Once it hardens, it creates a durable seal that can function for many years.
Composite fillings are metal-free. Also known as white or tooth-colored fillings, composite fillings are made from resin materials. Composite resin fillings are tooth-like, delivering undetectable results when used in your mouth.
Amalgam fillings have been used for 150 years, but there are better, more modern alternatives without the risk of high mercury content. Mercury is the most potent neurotoxin known to man, so accumulation in your body tissues from high or chronic exposure can have numerous negative health effects.
We are a mercury-free practice. Mercury fillings have no place in our dentistry. When you require treatment for cavities, we utilize metal-free composite fillings due to their numerous advantages.
Need a cavity filling in Franklin, TN? Don’t settle for outdated, unsafe, and esthetically unappealing amalgam fillings. Instead, consider composite fillings because they are safe, beautiful, and durable. To restore your smile with composite fillings, please call (615) 640-8494 to book an appointment with Nashville Restorative Dentistry.
Issue: Spacing between the front teeth and an uneven tilt to the smile.
Solution: Short term orthodontics to evenly spread out the space between the teeth followed by veneers across the eight front teeth to create a level smile with color consistency and no spaces.