Teeth Bonding and White Fillings
Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, and new materials, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years.
Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, and new materials, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems. If you are considering bonding or white filings – see Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg the top cosmetic dentist in Philadelphia.
Benefits of Bonding
- Closely matches natural tooth color and appearance.
- Bonds to tooth structure chemically and thus do not require the placement of slots, grooves or pins.
- Restore 85% – 95% of the original strength of the tooth.
- Applies and hardens in seconds.
- Minimal tooth sensitivity.
The most esthetic and long lasting alternatives to composite tooth colored fillings are laboratory fabricated composite inlays and porcelain inlays. Inlays are longer lasting than composite resin and also more stain resistant. Porcelain inlays do not degrade in the presence of alcohol and are even esthetic.
Compomers (modified composite resins) are also alternatives to composite resin tooth colored fillings. The matrix of this composite filling is composed of a polymer resin and the filler is an aluminum-fluoride-silica powder. Compomers are not as wear resistant as composite resin but they release fluoride and thus are very good in non-load bearing areas more prone to decay. Although esthetically pleasing they do not offer as many options in terms of color and translucency.
Silicate ionomer and glass ionomer tooth fillings are other alternatives to composite resin (white) fillings. Both of these materials are weaker and more brittle than the other alternatives to composite fillings. Silicate and glass ionomers are also not suited for use in back teeth where greater strength is required.
Facts About Mercury Fillings
We Do Not Use Any “Silver” Filling Material For The Following Scientifically Documented
Fact: Mercury Silver or amalgam dental fillings contain at least 50 % or more mercury, 35 % silver, and lesser amounts of copper, tin, zinc, and other metals. Since mercury is the major component of the filling material, any representation of the material should include the word “mercury”. Thus, in our office, we refer to them as mercury fillings.
Fact: “Mercury is a powerful poison.” Published research has shown that mercury is more toxic than lead, cadmium, and even arsenic. Furthermore, there is no known toxic threshold for mercury vapor and world renowned mercury toxicologists have stated that “no amount of exposure to mercury vapor can be considered totally harmless.”
Fact: Scientific research has demonstrated that mercury, even in small amount, can harm the body in various ways (i.e. organs, glands, blood cells, enzymes and hormones, and even suppress the immune system). Mercury has been shown to pass through the placental membrane in pregnant women and cause permanent damage to the brain of the developing baby.
Fact: “Mercury is continuously released from dental fillings” in the form of mercury vapor and abraded particles. This process is stimulated and can be increased as much as 15 times by chewing, brushing, drinking hot liquids, etc. Ingestion of mercury can also occur when amalgam fillings deteriorate over time. The World Health Organization recently concluded that the daily intake of mercury from amalgam fillings exceeds the combined daily intake of mercury derived from air, water, and food (including fish).
Fact: The mercury vapor released from mercury dental fillings is absorbed very rapidly and thoroughly in your body primarily by inhalation and swallowing.
Fact: In human autopsy studies, it has been found that there is a direct correlation between the amount of mercury found in the brain and the number and surfaces of mercury fillings found in the teeth.
Fact: Mercury causes normal intestinal microflora to become mercury resistant and antibiotic resistant. Mercury resistant bacteria cause mercury in the intestinal tract to be converted back into vapor and recycled back into the body. Antibiotic resistance is a major medical concern.
Fact: Scientific research has shown high levels of mercury in the brains of individuals who died from Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Other research is demonstrating mercury can cause similar pathological effects in the brain as seen in Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and AD. Laboratory studies of spinal fluid from ALS and AD patients has confirmed that mercury inhibits key brain detoxification enzyme systems.
Establishment Position: The American Dental Association and various agencies of the U. S. Government still support the use of amalgam fillings. They claim they are safe based on 175 years of use and that there is no scientific evidence showing mercury exposure from dental fillings causes any known disease.
Are you wondering if you or your children should have mercury fillings put in your teeth? THAT IS A DECISION ONLY YOU CAN MAKE. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF CHOICE AND INFORMED CONSENT