A filling is a way to restore a damaged tooth back to its normal function and shape. When you get a filling, the dentist will remove the decayed material from the tooth, clean the affected area, and then fill the area with a material designed for fillings. There are many types of filling material available, ranging from gold to porcelain.
Replacing Old Fillings
There is now new technology that allows you to replace old silver and gold fillings with a more natural looking, composite filling. Composite fillings are bonded to the tooth and research has proven them to be about 90% as strong and healthy as natural tooth material.
Old fillings have been known to break down overtime, creating the potential for cavities, pain or even cracking the tooth itself! Composite fillings can be completed in a single visit, look and function like your natural teeth and have less of a chance of problems in the future.
Why You Should Avoid Silver Fillings
Today's dentist has a multitude of choices when it comes to filling materials for your cavity repair. While silver fillings are still in use in this country, there are better choices. Here is a list of some of the pitfalls for amalgam.
- The larger the filling, the weaker the tooth. Cracks are commonly seen around old silver fillings.
- They are toxic waste. Mercury levels are high in old amalgams. Special filters remove the amalgam particles from the waste water before it enter the sewer at my office. Yet, it is okay to put it in your mouth!!! You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to realize that something is terribly wrong with this logic.
- Caries under them are difficult to detect because they can’t always be seen on a radiograph.
- People are unaware that they have cracks and decay around and under old fillings.
- There was a time when we didn’t have a choice in filling materials. Today, there are good alternatives to silver fillings. Unfortunately, in the US, insurance keeps this poor choice alive because it is cheap.
- Other countries have banned the use of silver amalgams due to the mercury in them. As a consumer, you should be outraged that the ADA has bowed to the insurance industry to let this farce go on for all these years.
- Take control of your own health and refuse to allow the use of amalgam in your mouth. If your dentist insists it is a safe product, you need to find a new dentist. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORANCE!
- Don’t be fooled in thinking that your teeth are fine because they don’t hurt. Once they hurt, you are in for a much BIGGER repair bill. Many people don’t get any symptoms until it is far along in the decay/crack process.
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Strong and Natural Looking
White fillings are made from a high-strength composite resin that can be easily color-matched to your natural tooth making it nearly invisible to you and anyone else. Unlike silver and gold fillings, composite tooth-colored fillings actually bond to the tooth which means they support the surrounding tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes. You are much less likely to have a composite filling fall out which is a common issue with metal fillings.
How Much Do White Fillings Cost?
As with every dental procedure, prices vary depending on each person's unique treatment situation but white fillings generally cost more than metal fillings. Most patients report back to us that the advantages of white fillings outweigh the price differences because of their natural appearance and unique ability to bond to the teeth.
Are White Fillings Covered Under Dental Insurance?
Many dental insurance plans cover the price of white fillings up to that of metal fillings. Stumpf-Caputo Dental will gladly check with your dental insurance provider to see just how much they will cover and help you experience white fillings for yourself.
If you are thinking about replacing your old metal fillings with natural-looking white fillings, please call us at (262) 970-0111 or request an appointment today. We'll get you in and will go over everything needed to get you on your way to a much more natural looking smile.