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Do You Need a Dental Filling?

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860 Summit St. #134 Elgin, IL 60120

When you develop tooth decay, Dr. Isaac Qureshi at Smiles of Elgin Dental Care removes the decayed part of the tooth and uses restorative material to fill it in. This is called a dental filling. Some people are unclear of what this means and ask Dr. Isaac Qureshi “Do I Need a dental filling?” If a person find out that they have a cavity. A dental filling preserves the function and integrity of your tooth while protecting it against further decay. Below are the two most common types of dental fillings:

Silver Amalgam: This type of filling contains a combination of copper, mercury, silver, tin, and zinc with mercury making up about 50 percent of the mixture. It has been available for many years and remains the most popular. Although silver amalgam fillings can last for a lifetime, some patients don’t like the way they look in their mouth. Rarely, mercury fillings have come loose and caused an infection.
Ceramic Fillings: Many people prefer ceramic fillings because they blend in well with the natural tooth color and are more aesthetically pleasing. Other benefits of ceramic fillings are durability and resistance to staining. Since these types of fillings are somewhat bulky, Dr. Isaac Qureshi may need to remove some of your tooth enamel to ensure that they fit properly.
Fillings made of gold or glass are also a possibility, but they are not as common due to the cost of materials and difficulty of placing them in the mouth.

Schedule an Appointment to Learn More About Your Dental Filling Options

Dr. Isaac Qureshi always discusses your options for filling material before he fills in a cavity. It’s important to him that you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each type so you can make an informed choice. We have found that patients at Smiles of Elgin Dental Care are increasingly turning to composite fillings because they blend in so seamlessly. You don’t have to worry about others seeing a mouth full of metal when you smile or speak. Others are perfectly fine with the traditional types of dental fillings. Whatever your choice is, we are happy to honor it.

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    Why Should You Choose White Teeth Fillings?

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    A tooth decay or what is properly termed as dental caries, is a very common dental problem and it is one of the leading problems that people encounter with their teeth. Bacteria are ever-present in the mouth and so is saliva; when these two come into contact with food that easily breaks into sugars, the mouth becomes susceptible. Bacterial invasion may lead to gum disease, but sometimes it affects the tooth and leads to tooth decay. When this happens, a cavity will be formed on the tooth and the infection will spread, eating away on healthy structures. Depending on how much tooth structure is involved, some sensitivity will be felt, and this will progress unless a dental filling is provided.

    Traditionally, dentists make use of metal fillings but that is no longer the normal practice today. White teeth fillings are most desired by patients and dentists for a lot of reasons and they remain to the more popular choice because they are definitely healthier than silver amalgam. It is also essential take note of the more important things:

    – The most popular benefit that patients enjoy with white teeth fillings is that fact that they are tooth-colored and definitely more aesthetically pleasing compared to silver amalgam that is very noticeable in the mouth. The color of the composite resin matches the natural color of the teeth so it is ideal for placement on the portion of the mouth and it is definitely not at all noticeable, especially when the work is superbly done.

    – Metal-free fillings are also devoid of the controversial mercury component that is most often linked to mercury poisoning. While in small doses it is really best to avoid further exposure to the lethal metal that is mercury, and it is best done when you opt for the healthier substitute in composite resin.

    – Metal, a known thermal conductor, can cause heat sensitivity which may bring some discomfort to the patient. Composite, being plastic, is not a conductor of heat like metal and is definitely healthier. This will not cause unwanted and unnecessary discomfort for the patient because composite is rather resilient just like most plastic materials.

    – When metal is the material used to fill a cavity, you can expect silver amalgam to corrode and stain the tooth as well as the soft tissue adjacent to the tooth. This is not going to be a problem with a metal-free dental filling such as composite resin because it will not stain the tooth at all. It may incur some discoloration on itself but none on the tooth that it covers.

    A dental filling is supposed to be a health consideration and when you come to a dentist to receive a solution for a problem that you have, you want for the solution not to put you in further danger. Metal-fillings, although it has long been relied on as a great material for a long time now, is not as reliable anymore given all the studies that work against it. What is safest now is to avoid its use and to go for a healthier, more attractive and relatively safer option.

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      Monday 10.00 to 6.00
      Tuesday 10.00 to 6.00
      Wednesday 11.00 to 8.00
      Thursday 10.00 to 6.00
      Friday 10.00 to 6.00
      Saturday 8.00 to 3.00
      Sunday Appointment only