The outer layer of your teeth is made entirely of enamel: an extremely tough and durable material made out of mineral-based microcrystals. This enamel is one of the hardest parts of your body, and it can endure a lot – but sometimes it chips, breaks or deteriorates due to bacteria through caries.
When this happens, the soft inside of your tooth becomes exposed to outside factors like temperature, acidic and alkaline saliva pH balances and food particles. At this point your tooth is in serious danger, because all of these things can make your tooth decay from the inside out!
This is why it’s important to see a dentist as soon as you see any kind of break in your dental enamel. You want to fill that break up to prevent all kinds of horrible stuff from getting in and destroying your tooth before it’s too late. This is exactly what we can do for you here at East Mesa Dental Arts where we specialize in creating new fillings as well as replacing old faulty ones.
Silver Filling Removal
Originally, silver was perhaps the filling material used in most cases. It was mostly hypoallergenic, inexpensive and durable – which made it a dentist’s go-to choice. Unfortunately, silver also had a few major advantages.
It was, for example, highly noticeable, especially when used to restore front teeth. It was also prone to oxidation, which would cause the filling to shrink and expose the inside of the tooth to bacteria, saliva and food particles, all of which could cause nerve damage and accelerated dental decay. Obviously, none of this is ideal…
Which is why many people choose to get their old silver fillings replaced with more modern materials. If you’re one of them, you should know that our clinic specializes in silver filling removal – and can help you get rid of yours quickly and easily, allowing you to replace it with a…
Metal-free fillings have a long list of advantages. They don’t make metal detectors go off; they don’t oxidize, shrinking away from your vulnerable tooth tissue; they don’t leave markings on your teeth, because their color is exactly identical to theirs. Best of all, such fillings can be applied in just minutes using modern technology.
Fillings vs Inlays, Onlays & Crowns
Inlays, onlays and crowns are hard-shell replacements for an entire outer tooth, tooth cusp or upper tooth that’s no longer there. They go over the remaining tooth material, protecting it and acting as a replacement for the missing part of the tooth.
Fillings are initially soft, which makes them a perfect choice for filling breaks, cracks and fractures in teeth. They’re then hardened once applied to the damaged area.
Once the process is complete, they’re not much different from hard-shell options – but because they aren’t pre-made, they’re not a good choice for replacing a missing tooth part. They are, as the name suggests, fillings – not shells.
Call us today at (480) 830-5100; we’ll be glad to help you at a moment’s notice!