I’d like to share some exciting news about dental repair. Many patients who haven’t visited the dentist in awhile are surprised by the astounding advances in dentistry. Not only are appointments more comfortable, but your choices in how to treat dental decay or missing, cracked, or chipped teeth have grown exponentially.
Here is an overview of just a few of the popular choices you have today. Of course you should discuss your individual circumstances with your dentist so you can decide together which option best suits your needs.
Glass and Resin Ionomers
Ionomers offer many benefits to patients. The white color of glass and resin ionomers blend nicely with natural teeth. Using glass ionomers often achieves a smaller filling because your dentist may not have to remove as much of the tooth’s structure to prepare the tooth for the filling. Additionally, glass ionomers can release fluoride which is beneficial in fighting tooth decay. Ionomers are generally not placed where a great deal of chewing pressure will take place.
Porcelain or Ceramic Material
Ceramic is revered for the natural, translucent white appearance it gives teeth. This versatile material can be used for crowns, inlays, onlays, and full veneers. Porcelains are highly resistant to wear, but can also scratch the teeth it comes in contact with should its surface become rough. Porcelains tend to retain their white color so it is important to take care of your surrounding teeth so a discrepancy in color between natural teeth and veneers doesn’t become apparent.
Many dentists today favor these choices over amalgam fillings, including myself. While the jury is still out over the safety of amalgam fillings, there have been some convincing studies that lead me to believe the mercury in amalgam fillings can seep into a person’s body and cause adverse health effects. Additionally, amalgam fillings can lead to cracked teeth and they are not as aesthetically pleasing as their newer and safer alternatives.
I hope I’ve opened your mind to some possibilities. There are several more options such as porcelain fused to metal, indirect composites, and indirect restorative dental materials. This should give you a starting point to discuss the possibilities with your dentist. We’re thrilled to be able to offer you the custom choice that is right for you.
What kind of research do you do before choosing a course of treatment for your dental work? Do you rely solely on your dentist for advice or do you take to the internet? How about peer recommendation? I’d love to hear what is important to you when making decisions concerning your dental health.