Get Rid of the Mercury and Smile

by Patricia Woloch - Date: 2008-11-21 - Word Count: 353 Share This!

In the past, dentists used an amalgam type of material to fill cavities in teeth. This consisted of a combination of mercury and other metals such as silver, zinc, or copper. According to the FDA, mercury concentration in dental amalgams is generally about 50% by weight, while the silver concentration ranges from 20-35%.

It has since been discovered that mercury can cause neurological damage such as Alzheimer's. As a result, most dentists not longer consider using amalgam fillings as a safe option. In addition, if you have metal fillings, they've probably become darker and more noticeable, taking away from the beauty of your smile.

A safer and more cosmetically pleasing option uses a porcelain composite material for fillings. This new composite resin filling is more natural looking and requires less tooth reduction. Because it is a strong, durable substance, it prevents further damage by reinforcing weak teeth.

Metal fillings can usually be replaced with composite resin fillings in one office visit, depending on how many need to be restored. In addition, you'll no longer have the sensitivity to hot and cold typically associated with metal fillings.

Options for Enhancing Your Smile

Composite resin fillings can also be used to enhance the appearance of problem teeth. Each composite is custom designed to match the natural color of your teeth. After removing the old filling and any damaged tooth material, the cavity is filled with the composite, which is then sculpted to look and feel like your natural tooth.

Other options for enhancing your smile include the following.

· Teeth whitening for a quick and easy smile rejuvenation.

· Dental bonding rebuilds and repairs damaged or unsightly teeth.

· Porcelain veneers are typically recommended if you have crooked, chipped, or uneven teeth.

· Porcelain crowns are beneficial for preserving badly damaged or decayed teeth. They're also great for missing teeth.

· Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth while preserving healthy teeth and bone.

There are several other options available, so check with your dentist to see what's best for you. If you have serious dental problems, most dentists offer a complete smile makeover package that's designed specifically for you.

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No matter what your dental needs, there's a solution that will help you achieve the smile you deserve. If you live in the Portland, Oregon area and would like to learn more about smile enhancement, please contact Wendling Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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