3 Reasons To Choose Amalgam Fillings Over Composite Fillings

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Choose Amalgam Fillings Over Composite Fillings

A visit to the dentist will reveal if you have any cavities or not; and if you do, the dentist will want to remove and fill them. When you find out that you have a cavity, your dentist might give you the choice of getting an amalgam filling or a composite filling. An amalgam filling is a silver filling, and dentists have been using amalgam fillings for many years. Composite fillings are white and are extremely common today, but here are two reasons you may want to choose an amalgam filling over a composite filling. They Are More Durable When you need a filling, the first thing to find out is what your options are. Both amalgam and composite fillings can be used for fillings in molar teeth, but composite fillings are almost always used to fill cavities in front teeth. This is because composite fillings are made of a plastic material that can be colored to match the shade of your teeth, and most people do not want silver fillings on their front teeth. Even when composite fillings are used to fill cavities in molar teeth, it is simply for looks, and looks are more important to some people than durability. If you are more interested in getting a filling that is durable for a molar tooth, choosing an amalgam filling is the better option. Amalgam fillings are made up of silver, tin, copper, and mercury, and this is why they are silver in color. Even though they contain mercury, they are completely safe for use as fillings in teeth. It’s also important to know that dentists are able to place amalgam fillings in faster than composite fillings because amalgam is an easier material to work with. If you want to choose the best filling material for your cavity, you can do so by comparing the differences between how long each type of filling is designed to last. When you make this comparison, you will see how much stronger amalgam fillings are. On average, an amalgam filling will last around 12 years; however, studies show that there have been times when they have lasted up to 50 years. On the other hand, a composite filling will last for around five years. One of the reasons this is true is due to the way composite material can shrink in size. Amalgam material does not shrink or move at all. Once the filling is placed in the tooth, it will not move. The materials used for composite fillings are not nearly as solid, and they can allow moisture to get behind them more so than amalgam fillings. They Are Less Expensive Not only do amalgam fillings last longer, but they are also less expensive than composite fillings. In fact, if you compare the costs of amalgam fillings to any other type of filling you could choose from, amalgam fillings will be the cheapest option of all. The average cost to fill a back tooth with an amalgam filling is around $132. To fill a similar tooth with a composite filling, you should expect to pay around $170. Before you choose an option, you may want to find out what types of fillings your dental insurance covers, just in case your insurance covers only one of the options. Dental fillings are...

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Tooth Bleaching, Bonding, Veneers Or Crowns? Ask Yourself These Questions To Get Your Answer

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Tooth Bleaching, Bonding, Veneers Or Crowns? Ask Yourself These Questions To Get Your Answer

Modern cosmetic dentistry offers so many options for creating a brilliant smile, from tooth bleaching and bonding to veneers and crowns, that it can be difficult to know which option or options you should focus on. Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions in your quest toward a more beautiful mouth. How Healthy Are Your Teeth? If your teeth are in good shape and merely need whitening, tooth bleaching is the most cost-effective and least invasive method for achieving your goal. Cosmetic dentists use a much stronger bleaching agent than is available over the counter, meaning that you can experience dramatic, uniform whitening of your teeth in just one session. But if your teeth are cracked, broken or prone to decay, then you’ll need a more extensive form of cosmetic dentistry to make your teeth look good as new. Bonding fills in chips that deform a tooth’s shape, but the difference in tooth surfaces may become obvious over time. Alternatively, veneers cover the entire front surface of a jagged tooth to ensure that the entire tooth continues to look like one solid entity for years to come. If this sort of minor repair is all you need, then a crown, which covers the entire tooth (front and back), would be overkill. For teeth that are very prone to cavities, the more coverage the enamel receives, the better. Bonding won’t help in this regard, but veneers can at least help to protect the front-facing sides of your teeth from decay. Ultimately, however, crowns are your best bet because they effectively replace the enamel all the way around and extend below the gum line. Even so, you’ll want to maintain the best possible brushing and flossing habits. What Is Causing Your Tooth Discoloration? Tooth discoloration can have a wide range of causes, from health conditions such as tetracyline exposure or rot inside the tooth to frequent consumption of staining agents such as coffee, tobacco products, tea and red wine. Tooth bleaching can do a fine job of removing surface stains from the porous enamel of your teeth, but it may not work on very deep discolorations. In such cases, it makes more sense simply to cover those permanent stains with veneers. If you routinely smoke or consume beverages that stain your teeth, veneers will always be a better choice for you than bonding. Bonding is prone to staining, and it may not stain at the same rate as the natural part of the tooth. Crowns can be custom-colored to match your surrounding teeth, and in certain cases of discoloration, they may serve as both a cosmetic enhancement and a functional necessity. Rotted teeth, for instance, may require either a root canal topped with a crown or possibly even extraction and replacement with an implant (which is also topped with a crown). Do You Have Previous Restorations? When selecting the right cosmetic dentistry solution for your mouth, stop to consider what other kinds of work you’ve already got in there — because color matching can be an issue. For one thing, veneers will not react to bleaching like natural tooth enamel does, leaving you with teeth in a range of different shades — so if you have veneers or crowns (or even partial dentures) alternating with natural enamel, it’s best...

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How To Soothe Your Child’s Toothache

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on How To Soothe Your Child’s Toothache

A toothache is bad enough for an adult, so imagine how horrific it is for a child. Kids are usually more sensitive to pain and may have trouble sleeping and doing their daily activities with a toothache. Whether the tooth pain is due to a cavity or abscess, your child does not have to deal with the excruciating pain forever. It is possible to give your child relief until you can get him to the dentist’s office. Here is some helpful advice on how to soothe your child’s toothache: Have Your Child Rinse With Salt Water One of the simplest ways to give your little one relief from a toothache is to have them swish salt water in their mouth. This solution will reduce inflammation on the tooth and ease the pain. It can be done before your child goes to school and will make him or her feel a lot better. Instruct your child to rinse their mouth with salt water for a minute or so without swallowing any of it.  Try a Cold Compress If your child’s tooth pain is caused by an injury instead of tooth decay, you can put a cold compress on the side of their cheek. The compress will take some of the swelling down and numb the pain. Give Clove Oil a Chance Clove oil is perfectly safe for children to use, so treat your little one’s toothache with it. The oil contains antibacterial and analgesic properties, which are effective at treating toothaches. After putting a few drops of the oil on a cotton ball, place it directly on your child’s painful tooth. Have your little one hold it there until the pain stops. If your child is reluctant because of the clove oil’s strong scent, explain that the oil will take the pain away. Avoid Hot and Cold Foods and Drinks If your child has a sore tooth, it will be extra sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. Having even a bite of ice cream can make the pain much worse. Until your child’s toothache is properly treated, do not let him or her consume anything too hot or too cold. Remove Food Particles With Floss If your child has any food particles between their teeth, it could increase pressure and cause more pain. Carefully remove any leftover food particles with floss. Your little one might be fussy at first, but they will feel a lot better afterward. Administer Pain Medication Over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, can reduce inflammation and give your child temporary relief. Make sure the dosage amount is appropriate for your child’s age. If your child has trouble taking down a pill, try giving him or her a liquid version of the medication.  Use a Potato Another good way to control your child’s tooth pain is to place a potato slice on the sore tooth. The anti-inflammatory properties in potatoes are effective at reducing swelling and pain. After a few minutes, your child should find some relief. Go to the Dentist Your child’s tooth pain will likely continue if you do not find the root of the problem. It is important to take your little one to the dentist’s office as soon as possible. The pediatric dentist will examine your child’s sore tooth and determine...

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