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Oct
8

The Truth About Tooth-Colored Fillings

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Most people who have metal (amalgam) fillings wish they didn’t have them.

With metal fillings, it’s easy for other people to see just how many cavities you’ve had in your lifetime. Additionally, metal fillings ruins your smile by making your teeth appear gray and dull. Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent solution and beautifying alternative to metal fillings. The benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:

  • No metal sensitivity
  •  Better bio-compatibility
  • Preservation of more natural tooth
  • Natural, tooth-like color

Natural-looking Fillings

For many years, dentists have used various composite resins to successfully restore teeth. The properties of tooth-colored fillings mimic your teeth’s hard outer enamel as well as your teeth’s inner dentin. Due to the dental community’s increased understanding and knowledge of tooth composition and tooth structure, more natural looking, tooth-colored filling substances are used today.

The Basic Process

The fundamental process of filling a tooth remains the same whether using metal or tooth-colored filling material. Your dentist will

  •  Prepare your tooth for treatment
  • Remove decay
  • Place the filling into the tooth

For somewhat deep fillings, your dentist may set your tooth-colored filling in several layers. This allows and ensures that each layer successfully cures or hardens.  With extensive tooth restorations, you may be required to have multiple visits. However, the beautiful, natural-looking results are usually worth the additional visit(s).

Strong, Long-lasting Restoration

Compared to tooth-colored fillings, metal fillings require the removal of a larger amount of your healthy tooth in order to properly secure it. This additional removal can result in a weakened tooth structure, which can eventually lead to cracks or chips in your teeth. Tooth-colored fillings require no undercutting. Therefore, more of your natural, healthy tooth remains intact, resulting in a strong, long-lasting restoration of your tooth.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

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Aug
22

Cheese and Your Teeth

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The word is out! Cheese may actually help prevent your teeth from developing cavities. The study by scientists shows that while a pH of 5.5 in a person’s mouth can begin causing enamel erosion and tooth decay, consuming cheese can neutralize the acidic levels in the mouth. Subjects were adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15, and were given cheese, milk and sugar-free yogurt to consume and were then told to rinse their mouths with water. At 10, 20, and 30 minutes later, the pH level of their mouths was checked. By far, cheese had the most anti-cavity properties as it raised the pH significantly in each person.

One theory why the cheese was more effective than the other dairy products was due to the fact that chewing was necessary, and that chewing stimulates saliva production. Additional saliva in the mouth can neutralize acids associated with food consumption. Having cheese as a snack during the day may actually benefit the tooth enamel by protecting it from acid erosion. Cheese also contains calcium, which helps aid in healthy bone and tooth development. Low and fat free cheese seems to have the same properties, allowing you to reap the benefits without the extra fat.

If you’re especially prone to weak teeth or cavities, consider making small amounts of cheese part of your go-to snack or after school treat for the kits. You may need fewer fillings or other restorative dental work.  As always, you want to eat a diet that is balanced, and the USDA food pyramid recommends that all people consume 2-3 servings of dairy each day.

Posted on behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

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