Hopefully, good oral hygiene, both at home and with professional cleanings, will help you avoid cavities. But if you do develop tooth decay, a filling remains the best way to treat it in its early stages so it doesn’t get worse. And with modern cosmetic fillings, you can also restore the beauty of your smile at the same time you’re repairing it.
Do you think you might need a filling in Edgewater, NJ? Please call (201) 943-6644 today for an appointment with Dr. Wanda Mejia, Dr. George Sepiashvili, or another member of our team of expert dentists ad Advanced Dentistry of Edgewater.
Advances in Dental Fillings
For more than a century, dentists used metal amalgam fillings as the standard of care. These fillings were anything but cosmetic. They start out as silver, which makes them stand out in your smile, but they get worse. They can turn black when they oxidize, and this can discolor the whole tooth, even if the filling itself isn’t visible.
And metal fillings have many other drawbacks as well. Metal amalgam fillings contain toxic mercury, which can increase your personal mercury levels by as much as 150%. Plus metal amalgam fillings can increase the risk a tooth might crack or develop tiny cracks around the filling. Metal amalgam fillings can increase your tooth’s sensitivity to heat and cold, too. And metal amalgam fillings have to be fairly large, even when the cavity they’re filling is relatively small. Modern dental fillings can be small to preserve your natural tooth structure.
Dental Fillings at Advanced Dentistry of Edgewater
We believe in individualized care for all our patients. To make sure everyone gets the dental filling that’s best for their situation, we offer quite the selection of fillings. Some of the fillings we offer include:
- Composite fillings
- Porcelain fillings
- Porcelain inlays and onlays
- Opalite fillings
- Zirconia fillings
- Laminate reinforced fillings