Although metal fillings made up of a mixture of zinc, copper, tin, and mercury have been a relatively common practice since the 1800s, recent research has revealed many serious side effects from this type of dentistry. The metals in traditional fillings can have high toxicity levels, which can lead to oxidative stress. Metal fillings have been proven to weaken teeth, making them more susceptible to infection and decay. Because these fillings require a removal of large portions of natural tooth, their placement can cause fractures and chipping of healthy tooth structure. For these reasons, metal-free dentistry is quickly becoming the more accepted and reliable option.
Metal-free dentistry refers to the use of composite fillings, made from a resin of either plastic or glass. These fillings provide the same look, feel, and function as your natural teeth. They provide a more natural aesthetic to their metal predecessors because their coloring can be matched more closely to the natural color of your existing tooth. Not only do composite fillings allow you to maintain as much of the appearance of your natural smile as possible, but they are also strong, safer, and more reliable.
Composite fillings are much stronger than metal fillings. Even on molars, composite fillings are able to restore your teeth to as much of their original tensile strength as possible. Traditional metal fillings require the removal of a large portion of natural tooth structure; however, composite fillings can be made much smaller and less invasive. The resin in composite fillings act as an adhesive to keep the natural tooth structure and filling together and in place. Because these fillings will bond in a smaller cavity in the tooth, these procedures can be quicker and more conservative than in the past. With less new material and time, your dentist can provide these services to you at an even lower cost.
Not only are composite fillings much more customizable than metal ones, but they also last longer. Although porcelain may seem like a delicate material, it is actually the closest to natural tooth tensile strength. Porcelain is also easily shaded to your natural tooth coloring to be nearly undetectable. Composite fillings are modifiable and biocompatible. This means they can be made to match your natural tooth coloring and are designed to fit into the healthy condition of your body. They will not pose the same threat of tooth discoloration or gum disease that traditional metal fillings do.
At Lynn Dental Care, we value the natural beauty of your smile and your oral health. This is why we offer industry leading metal-free dentistry services, including bonding, fillings, and porcelain restoration. If you have missing, chipped, or damaged teeth, contact Lynn Dental Care today and let us restore your smile to its natural appearance and function.