A thorough dental hygiene and tooth cleaning routine remains the best way to avoid tooth decay. But even with your best efforts, you may still experience tooth decay, requiring dental fillings to avoid more invasive procedures.
Advances in Dental Fillings
For years, dental fillings have been made out of a mercury amalgam. Mercury amalgam fillings are never really cosmetic. They start out a dull grey metallic, and often turn black quite quickly. Even when these fillings are on the back side of a tooth, they can discolor the entire tooth.
Mercury amalgam fillings are not only unsightly, they are susceptible to heat fluctuations in your mouth and can expand and contract, causing additional tooth damage or falling out completely. This is partly because these fillings aren’t bonded to your teeth, they’re just jammed into the hole in the tooth. With modern advancements in both cosmetic and general dentistry many new, aesthetically pleasing and functionally superior options are now available.
Dental Fillings at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake
At our Westchester, New York area office, our Peekskill dentists offer several safe, secure options for treating tooth decay. Depending on the unique needs of your mouth, we may suggest solutions including:
Porcelain inlays and onlays
Laminate reinforced fillings
With all of these procedures, the impact to your natural tooth is greatly reduced. In addition, these options are actually bonded to your tooth. This serves the dual purpose of restoring your tooth to its natural strength and function, while making the risk of additional damage or falling out a thing of the past. Better still, they can all be colored to match your adjacent teeth, providing a seamless, beautiful final appearance.
Having so many options also allows us to make multiple recommendations so you can pick the one that best fits your cosmetic goals, your functional goals, and your budget.
Due to the enhanced structural and aesthetic benefits of these dental fillings, George Sepiashvili, DDS and Dr. Wanda Mejia may recommend that patients who have metal amalgam fillings replace them with one of these options. During your annual checkup, we will discuss your options with you, and help you determine what restorations will best meet your needs.
If you live in the Westchester County, Peekskill, or Yorktown, New York area and would like more information on aesthetically and functionally superior dental fillings, please call (914) 352-5175 or email Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to schedule an initial dental filling consultation today.