In the past, when a patient developed a cavity, the dentist would remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill in the resulting space with a metal amalgam filling. However, this mixture contains trace amounts of mercury, a toxic element. Amalgam fillings can also expand or contract with temperature changes, placing strain on the tooth. When this occurs, amalgam fillings can loosen and allow cavities to proliferate. It can also damage the healthy structure of the tooth. Fortunately, advances in modern dentistry have provided a safe and effective alternative. Dr. Steven M. Katz, Dr. Sultan S. Salem, and Dr. Dilmarys J. Peña offer metal-free, tooth-colored fillings at his Long Island, NYC, practice as a non-toxic method of restoring teeth following cavity treatment. They can also replace patients’ metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings for improved aesthetics and greater biocompatibility. If you would like to learn more about the unique functional and aesthetic benefits of tooth-colored fillings, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with our doctors.
Advantages of Tooth-colored Fillings
While traditional fillings are effective, they also come with several drawbacks. Many patients have allergies or sensitivities to metal, which can lead to complications or discomfort after receiving traditional amalgam fillings. Others may be concerned about potential health risks associated with mercury-based materials. While there have been no definitive studies linking mercury in fillings to any health issues, many patients prefer to avoid the risk altogether by receiving stronger, more discreet composite fillings. When compared to traditional amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings offer many functional and aesthetic benefits.
Composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of your natural teeth, so they are virtually undetectable by those around you. And since tooth-colored fillings are metal-free, there is no concern about the material expanding or contracting with temperature. Composite fillings also bond more securely with your natural teeth than traditional amalgam fillings, providing a greater degree of protection against the daily wear and tear associated with chewing and speaking. Like traditional fillings, tooth-colored fillings diffuse pressure from biting across the entire structure of the tooth. This will protect the tooth against future damage and prevent sensitivity. Additionally, composite fillings usually require less of your natural tooth structure to be removed in preparation for placement.
Other Non-toxic Treatments
In addition to composite fillings, each dentist also offers their patients a choice of non-toxic materials for their dental restorations. Dental crowns, bridges, and dentures made from tooth-colored materials like porcelain and zirconia offer many advantages over traditional metal restorations. These modern prosthetics look and feel just like your natural teeth, and can be integrated seamlessly with your smile.
Contact Our Office
At Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, we combine the best elements of modern dentistry with a warm and compassionate personal touch. We believe in providing holistic dentistry options to all of our patients, and we only use metal-free composite materials when performing dental fillings. If you would like to learn more about the advantages of these types of restorations, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.