Why Are Amalgam Silver Fillings No Longer Used?
In the past, dental amalgam, otherwise known as silver filling, was used for its durability and longevity. However, over time it has proven to corrode and fracture teeth, leading to decay. It is also very unattractive to look at in the mouth. The oral fluids found in our mouths often cause the dental amalgam to corrode and leak, thus breaking the seal between the existing tooth structure and the silver filling. Eventually, cavities can begin to form between the corroded amalgam and tooth structure where the broken seal exists.
Once this begins, it doesn’t take long for a process of decay to set in. Dental amalgam has also shown to slowly expand over time, causing small fractures in the existing tooth structure. If left unaddressed, the effects are disastrous.
What Are The Benefits Of White Composite Tooth Fillings?
Advances in technology have helped to create a bio-mimetic structure known as white composite filling (or tooth-colored filling) to work within the biological system of the mouth when fixing broken or damaged teeth. This material mimics the natural environment of the mouth by having the same look and feel of real teeth. In addition to having a great, natural look, white composite fillings have not been shown to cause any additional harm later on. If you would like to have better looking teeth, speak with Dr. Hiebert or Dr. Smith.
Tooth-colored filling material comes in a great number of colors (shades), and are matched to your individual tooth color. A small filling may last your lifetime, and larger fillings can be expected to last many years.
How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?
The factors that determine the lifespan of a particular filling include: the tooth (molars take more force than bicuspids), the size of the filling relative to the tooth (smaller fillings will usually be more durable than larger fillings), and how teeth are cleaned and maintained daily.
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If you are interested in saying good-bye to your “metal mouth” and hello to a healthy new white smile, please contact Hiebert Smith Dental Group. Call (503) 397-6144 to schedule a consultation at our office in St. Helens, OR.