Nobody wants a cavity. That’s for sure. But sometimes, despite your best efforts at dental hygiene, our Larchmont cosmetic dentist
, Dr. Todd D. Wortman finds a cavity as part of your regular comprehensive dental exam. Well, a filling is no big deal but what about matching the color? Yes, in the old days you had to take what you could get. Usually, fillings were composed of metal and that meant a less than ideal visual result.
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Those old days are gone, though. When you need a filling now, our Larchmont cosmetic dentist
can use a composite resins and porcelain- filling materials that are very tooth-like. They look natural in your mouth, contain no metal whatsoever, and they are both safe and effective in their use. They not only look like your natural teeth but they behave as natural teeth do.
Porcelain fillings mimic the enamel of your natural teeth uncannily well. Composite resins do likewise with the dentin, the inner part of your tooth that resides behind the enamel. Unlike the enamel, dentin is alive, sensitive, and you can feel whatever touches it as it has a direct line to the nerves in the middle of your tooth. The porcelain and composite resin fillings bond to your teeth in a way that the old metal fillings or amalgams can never do. This results in a filling that is strong and durable as well as cosmetically pleasing. Also, it usually requires less drilling because of its bonding abilities. Our Larchmont cosmetic dentist
will be pleased to discuss the advantages of these tooth-colored fillings for you.
So we have discussed the advantages and you may be wondering about the disadvantages of tooth-colored fillings. with composite resins, the upside is far more than the downside. However, our Larchmont cosmetic dentist wants you to know that composite resins can become stained or discolored over time just as your natural teeth can. Porcelain fillings may be more costly than other options and can require more than one visit to complete. Overall, there is much positive to be said about tooth-colored fillings. Are they the right choice for you? Speak to our Larchmont cosmetic dentist
about that. Dr. Wortman will be happy to help you determine your best option.
Larchmont Dental Fillings
140 Lockwood Ave. Suite 303
New Rochelle, NY 10801
By Todd D. Wortman, DDS
February 22, 2014