Children and adults can both fall prey to tooth decay, requiring dental work to replace cavities with fillings. In the past, these fillings were typically silver amalgam (metal) or cast gold. Metal fillings (and sometimes gold) are still used today, but white fillings that match the shade of your teeth are increasingly popular for cosmetic, functional, and health reasons. Our family dentist in Boulder typically recommends the tooth-colored option over its unsightly counterpart, particularly if your cavity is located in your front teeth.
If you think you might have a cavity or it’s time for one of your bi-annual dental exams, please contact Adler Advanced Dentistry in Boulder today at (303) 449-1119 to schedule your appointment. Dr. Adler and our skilled staff serve surrounding Colorado areas including Denver and Ft. Collins.
Cavities are the most common dental problem, and a shocking 92 percent of those between ages 20 and 64 have treated cavities in their adult teeth. White fillings can address and repair dental cavities caused by tooth decay and restore dental health without unsightly metal fillings.
The Importance of Treating Cavities
You can avoid developing cavities by sticking to a good, daily dental hygiene regimen, which needs to include brushing twice a day, flossing, and rinsing between meals. Those habits along with avoiding sugary snacks and drinks will help you avoid gum disease and tooth decay, but if you develop a cavity, it must be addressed as soon as possible to ensure a healthy mouth and prevent dental emergencies.
Untreated tooth decay can wreak havoc on your mouth and may even make you more susceptible to health conditions that impact your overall body such as heart disease and diabetes because gum disease can get worse and release bacteria into your bloodstream. The tooth with the cavity can cause moderate to severe pain and lead to broken teeth or tooth abscesses. By addressing the tooth decay when it develops, you can stop further tooth, gum, and bone damage. It’s also much more difficult to treat these tooth problems than your typical cavity.
The Benefits of White Fillings
The most significant advantage of white fillings is that they’re made to match the shade of your surrounding teeth, so they seamlessly blend in with your smile. Metal fillings do no such thing but are still durable and practical. Other benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:
- Natural appearance
- Contains no mercury
- Long-lasting bond to tooth enamel
- Less risk of cracking because the material doesn’t expand and contract
- Preserves more of the tooth structure than amalgam fillings
White fillings last more than five years on average, which varies based on the location of the cavity and the pressure of your bite. If you already have unsightly silver sparkling when you smile, our Boulder dentist can switch your metal fillings out for the tooth-colored alternative. This newer, effective option is made of a composite resin which involves plastic and ceramic along with a setting ingredient to bond the material to your tooth. Metal fillings are created using silver, copper, tin, and mercury elements.
While the mercury contained in silver fillings is minimal, it still concerns many of our patients, which makes the offer of tooth-colored fillings that contain no potentially toxic ingredients more appealing. Porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding are also options which can alter the size and shape of your tooth to improve your overall smile. The FDA states that the silver amalgam contained in these fillings is safe to use, but it doesn’t change the fact that low levels of mercury vapor are released in your mouth and inhaled.
Schedule Your Dental Exam with Our Boulder Dentist
If you’re experiencing tooth pain or it’s time for your next dental examination, please contact Dr. Adler in Boulder today at (303) 449-1119 to schedule your appointment or contact us online. Adler Advanced Dentistry serves patients in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and surrounding Colorado areas.