A Red Bank, NJ, dentist offers amalgam-free tooth-colored fillings
Tooth decay is a common dental concern that can occur. It creates holes in the teeth known as “cavities.” The best treatment for cavities is fillings used to fill the area of decay and keep it from progressing further. It also helps seal the tooth to keep bacteria out. However, many dentists in the Red Bank, NJ area, use silver amalgam fillings which are harmful to one’s smile—and overall health.
Why choose amalgam-free tooth-colored fillings?
As cavity treatment, composite resin materials are more desirable than silver amalgam fillings. That is for a few different reasons:
- White fillings are made of biocompatible materials such as composite.
- Tooth-colored composite fillings do not have mercury.
- Composite resin fillings do not expand and contract with temperature changes, reducing the risk of bacteria entering the tooth.
In addition to this, white fillings are more aesthetic, blending in with the smile and not standing out as an apparent dental repair. It makes this dental caries treatment the most requested of the two.
What to expect during your treatment
Amalgam-free tooth-colored fillings are placed during a single appointment. First, patients are adequately anesthetized locally to numb the treatment area and avoid any discomfort. Some patients may also request sedation depending on their dental anxiety level. Then, the area of decay is treated and removed, and the remaining space is filled with the composite resin material. It is hardened using a curing light and polished to look like natural tooth enamel. Patients will leave the office with an aesthetic restoration that will protect their smiles for many years to come!
How to care for fillings
Patients don’t need to give their fillings any special attention compared to the rest of their smiles. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental examinations to monitor the health of the fillings are strongly encouraged.
Call The Center for Holistic Dental Medicine today
Red Bank, NJ area patients who are considering replacing their current silver amalgam fillings with amalgam-free tooth-colored fillings, can call (732) 517-7785 to learn more. Dr. Glenn A. MacFarlane and his team can help patients choose biocompatible, holistic, and appropriate solutions for their smiles. The office is accepting new patients at 211 Broad Street, Suite #106.