Posts for tag: Fillings

By Advance Family Dental Care
June 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

Over the last century and a half millions of people have had a tooth cavity filled with “silver” amalgam. Perhaps you’re one of them. The use of this effective and durable filling has declined in recent years, but only because of the development of more attractive tooth-colored materials.

At the same time there’s another issue that’s been brewing in recent years about this otherwise dependable metal alloy: the inclusion of mercury in amalgam, about half of its starting mixture. Various studies have shown mercury exposure can have a cumulative toxic effect on humans. As a result, you may already be heeding warnings to limit certain seafood in your diet.

So, should you be equally concerned about amalgam fillings — even going so far as to have any existing ones removed?

Before taking such a drastic step, let’s look at the facts. To begin with, not all forms of mercury are equally toxic. The form causing the most concern is called methylmercury, a compound formed when mercury released in the environment combines with organic molecules. This is the form certain large fish like salmon and tuna ingest, which we then ingest when we eat them. Methylmercury can accumulate in the body’s tissues where at high levels it can damage various organ systems.

Dental amalgam, on the other hand, uses elemental mercury. Dentists take it in liquid form and mix it with a powder of other metals like silver, tin and copper to create a pliable paste. After it’s placed in a prepared cavity, the amalgam hardens into a compound in which the mercury interlaces with the other metals and becomes “trapped.”

Although over time the filling may emit trace amounts of mercury vapor, it’s well below harmful levels. You’re more likely to encounter “un-trapped” mercury in your diet than from a dental filling. And scores of studies over amalgam’s 150-year history have produced no demonstrable ill effects due to mercury.

Although it now competes with more attractive materials, amalgam still fills (no pun intended) a necessary role. Dentists frequently use amalgam in less visible back teeth, which encounter higher chewing pressures than front teeth. So, if you already have an amalgam filling or we recommend one to you, relax — you’re really in no danger of mercury poisoning.

If you would like more information on dental amalgam fillings, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Advance Family Dental Care
July 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

One of the top concerns in public health today is exposure to the metallic element mercury within the environment. At abnormal levels, mercury can have a toxic effect on our nervous systems and cause other health problems.

These concerns over mercury have also increased attention on one material in dentistry that has included the metal in its makeup for over a century — dental amalgam for filling teeth. Amalgam is a metal alloy that can include, in addition to mercury, silver, tin, and copper. When first mixed dental amalgam is a moldable material used for fillings in prepared teeth. It then hardens into a durable restoration that can withstand biting forces.

While the use of amalgam has declined with the introduction of life-like colored fillings, it's still used for teeth like molars subject to high biting forces. With what we now know about the ill effects of mercury (which can make up to half of an amalgam mixture) is it safe to continue its use?

The American Dental Association has performed extensive research into amalgam safety. They've found that mercury is stabilized by the other metals in the amalgam. This prevents "free" molecules of mercury, the real source of harm to health, from escaping into the blood stream in the form of vapor. Although trace amounts of mercury vapor from the amalgam are released as a person chews, those levels are well below the threshold that could cause harm.

From a patient standpoint, the biggest drawback to dental amalgam isn't safety — it's the appearance of teeth it's used on. Silver fillings aren't considered attractive. And now there are viable filling alternatives that not only look like natural teeth but can withstand biting forces almost as well as amalgam. These materials include composite resins, mixtures of glass or quartz within resin, or glass and resin ionomers. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages depending on how and where they're applied.

After a thorough dental examination, we'll be able to advise you on what filling material will work best to produce the best result. And if we do suggest dental amalgam you can rest assured it will be a safe choice.

If you would like more information on the safety of dental amalgam, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Silver Fillings — Safe or Unsafe?

By Advance Family Dental Care
October 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in Naperville wants you to know about cosmetic fillings

Not too many years ago, if you needed a filling, your only choice was a bulky, metal filling. Old metal fillings of the past did nothing to fillingsenhance the appearance of your smile--they were functional, but that’s about it. Now, thanks to modern materials, techniques and technologies, you have another choice; you can choose tooth-colored fillings! Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL wants to help you discover how tooth colored fillings restore your smile.

Tooth colored fillings, also known as cosmetic fillings, are created out of composite, which is a liquid resin material. Composite can be precisely color matched to your existing teeth and expertly sculpted by your dentist to fit perfectly into your smile.

Tooth colored fillings also help restore your chewing function, because they are strong. Unlike metal fillings which can weaken your teeth, tooth-colored fillings made of composite actually bond the sections of your teeth together. Tooth colored fillings provide you with a unified smile, both functionally and aesthetically. They help people notice your smile and not your fillings!

Your dentist in Naperville wants you to know tooth-colored fillings made of composite can fix the same dental issues as metal fillings, including:

  • Broken, damaged or decayed teeth
  • Unevenly chipped, worn or cracked teeth
  • Heavily discolored or stained teeth

The placement of tooth-colored fillings requires artistry to sculpt and shape the composite material. Your dentist will choose the perfect shade to match your existing teeth and sculpt the material to perfection. The liquid composite is then hardened with a high-tech ultraviolet light. As a final step, your new tooth colored filling is polished to a sparkling finish.

Tooth colored fillings can restore both the beauty and the function of your smile. Isn’t it time to restore your smile and get the smile you deserve? Call Dr. Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL. Don’t wait to get your perfect smile, call today!

By Family and Cosmetic Dentist
February 19, 2014
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Fillings   Dentist  
Did you just find out you have dental decay? It’s not something you want to hear, but it needs to be taken care of before it escalates. To treat decay and restore your smile, your dentist will need to remove the decayed area, bacteria and debris. Once your tooth is clean, it needs to be filled. In the past, dentists typically used amalgam (silver-colored dental material) fillings to restore a tooth, but now there are cosmetic fillings you can get instead.
Match Filling to Tooth
Your Naperville cosmetic dentist, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, offers cosmetic fillings at his dental practice, for good reason. Many patients don’t want their dental treatments to be visible to others. With cosmetic fillings, your Naperville cosmetic dentist can match the filling and tooth by using composite resins. Other advantages include the following:
  • Cosmetic fillings are relatively strong
  • They can be used on front and back teeth
  • Tooth-colored fillings can withstand moderate chewing pressure
  • It doesn’t corrode
  • If further decay occurs, dentist can easily detect it
While cosmetic fillings keep your teeth looking natural, you probably prefer to avoid decay and fillings. For this to be possible, you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Just make sure to follow all preventative measures at home.
  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Eat healthy
  • Schedule regular dental appointments
For more information about cosmetic fillings or other cosmetic services, call your Naperville cosmetic dentist today. Or write a comment in the section below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Advance Family Dental Care
1567 N Aurora Road, Ste 143
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 358-9899
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