Your family’s teeth are designed to last for a lifetime with the right care. You encourage the right oral hygiene habits at home and visit the dentist regularly to keep their teeth strong and healthy. Unfortunately, the biggest threat to your loved ones’ oral health is tooth decay. In fact, at least 20% of children under the age of 11 currently have an untreated cavity, and 92% of adults have had one in a permanent tooth. Traditionally, they are treated with a dark metal filling. While they are effective, there’s a better solution. Your dentist in Saginaw offers a biocompatible option with tooth-colored fillings.
Traditionally, tooth decay is treated with an amalgam filling, which is made from a mixture of metals, including mercury. The American Dental Association supports their use despite the concern regarding long-term mercury exposure; however, it’s normal to be concerned about their use. Not to mention, they are very noticeable.
Your family can enjoy an alternative solution with a tooth-colored filling. They are made from a mixture of fine glass and plastic particles, so they are completely metal-free. The resin material can also be customized to match the enamel to blend in with the teeth.
Since tooth-colored fillings are metal-free, they offer several benefits over amalgam ones, including:
The damaged tooth is prepared by removing any areas of decay using special dental tools. After the tooth is cleaned, a weak acid is applied to it to open the pores in the enamel and dentin. A color guide is used to select the ideal shade for the resin before it’s applied to the tooth and sculpted into the perfect shape. A special light quickly hardens the material to restore a healthy, beautiful smile.
The dental fillings can last for several years with the right aftercare, including:
If you or your loved one has a cavity, choose metal-free dental fillings in Saginaw. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.