Prolonged exposure to sugars, irregular brushing, or an unhealthy diet can contribute to the break down of tooth enamel. You can reverse early-stage tooth decay by brushing twice a day for two minutes each, rinsing your mouth after consuming sugar, and staying well-hydrated. However, once a hole has formed in your tooth the only solution is a dental filling. Dr. Dan Dernick may not offer all dental filling types, so check with Smiles of Memorial to learn more.
One of the most common dental fillings is a composite resin which is a durable option that matches the shade of your natural teeth. This natural looking option is a good fit for the back or the front teeth because they can withstand the pressure of chewing. However, composites are usually more expensive than other dental filling options and many insurance companies do not cover them. Additionally, composite resins may not last as long as amalgam fillings. Furthermore, to place the dental filling, the tooth must be clean and dry which makes the procedure longer than an amalgam filling.
Also called “silver-colored” fillings, amalgam fillings are comprised of an array of metals including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. This is the least expensive dental filing option and has been used for over 100 years by dentists. If you have a large cavity or a cavity on a molar than Dr. Dan Dernick may recommend this type of dental filling because it is the most durable option. The procedure to place the dental filling is shorter, so it is often used for children who have difficulty sitting still for a while.
A downside of an amalgam filling is that they do not have a natural look and others may be able to see it when you laugh or speak. Lastly, there has been a recent debate about the safety of an amalgam filling because it contains mercury. However, when mercury is used in conjunction with other metals it is in a safe state. Multiple studies have shown that amalgams cause no health risks to patients.
These are the most durable dental filing; however, they are the most expensive and the procedure is the longest. A gold dental filling is usually made of gold, copper, and other metals and can last up to 20 years. Typically, this technique is used for small filings. Multiple appointments are usually necessary for Dr. Dan Dernick to develop an impression of the cavity to craft a gold foil in a laboratory. At your second appointment, Dr. Dan Dernick will place the gold foil in your tooth. Since this is a lengthy and costly process, it is not usually recommended.
The best way to care for your teeth is to prevent cavities by brushing twice a day for two minutes each, eating healthy, and visiting Dr. Dan Dernick twice a year. For more information about fillings, cavity prevention, or to schedule an appointment call Smiles of Memorial at (281)-493-0061.