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Here's to your best oral health ever!
Composite vs Amalgam Fillings
When it comes to dental fillings, you and your dentist have a few choices. The most common dental filling materials are resin-based composite and amalgam filling material. The one you choose will depend on several factors, including durability, aesthetics, and cost. Amalgam fillings are often more durable and affordable than resin fillings, but resin fillings have a more natural appearance. Here’s an overview of amalgam vs. resin composite fillings to give you a better idea of your choices.
What are Amalgam Fillings?
Also known as silver fillings, amalgam fillings are a mixture of mercury, tin, copper, and silver. Mercury makes up a small percentage of the mixture and is important for creating a strong, durable, long-lasting filling. This is a commonly used dental material because it is easy to work with and often more affordable to the patient. Though there have been questions about the safety of using mercury, its presence in amalgam fillings is safe and stable when combined with other materials. amalgam has been used by dentists for decades longer than composite resin material and has proven itself to be the safest and reliable filling material around.
The downside to amalgam fillings is that is much more noticeable than resin-based composite fillings. If you are concerned about the appearance of amalgam fillings, you may want to consider them for back teeth fillings, where they are less likely to be noticed.
What are Composite Resin Fillings?
Composite fillings are made from a compound of ceramic and plastic. These fillings are shaded to match your natural teeth, so you are the only one who will know they exist. Resin fillings may not last as long as amalgam fillings, but they are strong enough to be used on the chewing surface of your molars, and they bond well to your tooth enamel, which helps preserve as much of the existing tooth structure as possible.
This option for decay treatment is not without its drawbacks either. BPA is commonly used in most white, composite fillings. Much like with mercury, however, the amount of BPA released from a composite filling is too minuscule to create a negative impact.
Which Type of Filling is Right for You
If you are unsure which type of filling would best fit your situation, talk with your dentist to get a recommendation. Your dentist will take into account the size and location of your cavity, overall cost, aesthetics, and your dental history before making a suggestion.
At Desert Valley Dental, our team of professionals has been providing exceptional dental care to our patients for more than 30 years. If you have any questions about our filling materials or procedures, please give us a call. We are thoroughly committed to helping you smile your healthiest, most beautiful smile.
The Importance of Establishing a Quality At-Home Care Routine
A healthy smile is best maintained through a consistent at-home routine coupled with regular trips to the dentist. Without practicing these aspects, the integrity of teeth and their surrounding structures may begin to deteriorate. There are many benefits to a quality at-home dental care routine. It can prevent stains as well as damage.
Avoid Periodontal Disease
Plaque will build up along and underneath the gum line unless it is regularly brushed and flossed away. These sticky bacterial deposits cause the gums to become inflamed. Inflamed gums often bleed easily and cause sensitivity. But if one avoids cleaning due to discomfort, the problem will worsen. Periodontal disease can cause the gum line to recede. The affected teeth will be more sensitive and have an elongated appearance. Because more of the teeth are exposed, they are vulnerable to cavities and root canal therapy may eventually be necessary.
Maintain a Flattering Shade
Coffee and tea stain teeth. They do so even faster without a regular brushing and flossing routine. Simply swishing with water or mouthwash after consuming these darkly pigmented beverages can prevent deep-set stains in the long run. This can keep your smile looking radiant and young.
Plaque can build up between the teeth and in the crowns of molars. If left untreated, these plaque deposits can cause decay. This occurs because the bacteria in plaque create an acidic byproduct that eats away at the enamel, and eventually the dentin as well.
At-Home Care is Easy
It’s simple to integrate healthy dental hygiene habits into your regular routine. Its’ important to start out with the proper tools. Regardless of your needs, choose the softest toothbrush as is effective. Soft bristles gently clean the teeth and preserve the integrity of the enamel. Using a hard bristle brush can cause small scratches and grooves in the enamel. Choose a toothpaste that includes both fluoride and minerals. Minerals are what build up the enamel. Fluoride has been proven to strengthen teeth. Choose a gentle whitening paste if needed.
Flossing is an important part of the daily dental routine. Make sure to floss between each tooth, in an up-and-down motion. Put pressure on one side at a time to remove any plaque that may have built up. String floss can be inconvenient for busy folks on the go, so consider keeping floss picks as a convenient alternative.
Schedule an Appointment in Reno Today!
If you have questions about at-home dental care or periodontal disease prevention, feel free to call Desert Valley Dental and schedule an appointment. We proudly serve those living and working in Reno, Stead, Sun Valley, and East Sparks. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dental emergencies are unexpected events that impact the health and function of your teeth and gums. It is important to know the steps in managing a dental emergency and protect your overall health. At Desert Family Dental, we offer emergency dental treatment for our patients throughout Reno, with a tireless commitment to restore their comfort.
Intense Oral Pain
A common dental emergency is when a patient experiences oral pain without a distinct cause. If a toothache or similar sensitivities become frequent and rise in intensity, it can impact your ability to live life as normal.
Rinse your mouth with warm, clean water to reduce any irritants that might make the pain worse. If you have food stuck between teeth, use floss to remove debris. This can lessen the pain until you are able to visit the dentist. If you are considering taking aspirin or other over-the-counter pain medication, first check with your dentist about the safety and effectiveness.
Many instances of a toothache are caused by either trauma to the tooth or severe, untreated decay. In either instance, it is important to see the dentist to receive a filling or root canal therapy to remove infection and restore comfort.
For cracked teeth, rinse with warm water and keep the site clean. This is a vital step to ensure the tooth can be saved. If there is swelling or pain, apply a cold compress and gentle pressure to the tooth.
Whether you were playing a sport or had a fall, knocked out teeth can happen at any time. In the instance a tooth is completely dislodged, there may be a chance to place it back in the empty space to save it. Depending on the type of tooth avulsion, we will determine your next steps.
First, locate the lost tooth. If it is intact with no damage to the structure, the dentist might be able to replant it back into the smile. Rinse the tooth off with warm, clean water and keep it moist at all times. If you are able to, try to place the tooth back into the socket without touching the root. There are over-the-counter solutions made for dislodged teeth, but you can use milk, water, or saliva as well.
Experiencing a Dental Emergency – Call Us Now!
In any instance of cracked or knocked out teeth, it is important to seek a dental professional quickly to ensure the survivability of your tooth. Desert Family Dental offers emergency dental treatments in all our locations. For more information on how we protect our patients' smiles, schedule an appointment today.
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