Old metal amalgam fillings can be an eyesore, marring an otherwise beautiful smile. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth due to the presence of old metal fillings, you may want to consider replacing them with tooth-colored fillings. The procedure is simple, quick, and will offer you a variety of aesthetic and functional benefits compared to your old amalgam fillings.
Dr. Kevin Sands regularly replaces old amalgam fillings with tooth-colored fillings. If you are interested in restoring a beautiful smile and protecting the health of your teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands at his Beverly Hills cosmetic dentistry office today.
Potential Health Risks of Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam fillings contain mercury. There have been numerous studies published in recent years regarding the dangers of mercury in dental fillings. While these studies have provided mixed results, Dr. Sands prefers to avoid any potential health risks associated with mercury poisoning from amalgam fillings. As a result, he only uses tooth-colored fillings with is patients.
In addition to the risk of mercury poisoning, amalgam fillings can also potentially compromise the long term health of your teeth. The metal in amalgam fillings can expand and contract due to changes in temperature. Over time, this may cause your tooth to fracture, requiring a more extensive dental restoration to repair this new damage.
Tooth-colored fillings do not expand or contract the way amalgam fillings do. As a result, they avoid many of the long term oral health issues that may arise from amalgam fillings.
Why Use Tooth-Colored Fillings?
There are many benefits to using tooth-colored fillings instead of amalgam fillings. They are made from a composite material that looks just like your natural tooth. This allows your new filling to blend in seamlessly with your smile, eliminating the self-consciousness caused by a metallic smile.
Tooth-colored fillings strengthen your natural tooth, and they help prevent additional decay by sealing the region between the tooth and the filling. Tooth-colored fillings also preserve more of your healthy tooth structure than amalgam fillings. These factors all help ensure the most effective, long lasting results.
If you are interested in replacing old amalgam fillings with tooth-colored fillings, please contact Beverly Hills Dentist Dr. Kevin Sands today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Sands serves patients in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California.