General Dentistry

Fillings & Restorations

Repeat studies show that mercury vapors can, and do, escape from metal fillings. These vapor scan travel to other parts of the body, including heart, lungs, kidney, liver, intestines, pancreas and ovaries. Effects of mercury poisoning can take upward sof 20 years to manifest and often onset slowly. However, chronic mercury toxicity has been linked to neurological impairment, decreased fertility, depression, dizziness, gastrointestinal problems, migraines, irregular heartbeat, memory loss, numbness, oral ulcers and more.

In Dental Betel we use alternatives such as composite fillings and all ceramic crowns, which do not contain any mercury.

Composite Fillings

A tooth-coloredrestorative material composed of plastic with small glass or ceramic particlesthat are mixed into a gel-like substance. After being applied to a tooth, thematerial is then hardened with a curing light. This type of fillings are oftenpreferred by patients over silver amalgam fillings as they restore the naturalappearance of the tooth.

Since compositefilling bonds to the tooth, they restore most of the original strength of thetooth where silver weakens the teeth making them more susceptible to breaking.

If you have beentold by your dentist you need to have an old filling or crown replaced, you maybe wondering why this is necessary. Often, patients are unaware thatreplacement of an outdated restoration is necessary, especially when they havenot experienced any pain or problems. In fact, most dental problems may not beevident to patients. Sometimes, however, patients believe the old adage,  “if it doesn’t hurt, don’t fix it”. If leftuntreated, however, dental problems can lead to more expensive dental proceduresand eventual tooth loss.

How do I know if I need a filling?

Only your dentistcan detect whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled. During a checkup,your dentist will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth.

Anything thatlooks abnormal will then be closely checked with special instruments. Yourdentist may also X-ray your entire mouth or a section of it. The type oftreatment your dentist chooses will depend on the extent of damage caused bydecay.

What to Expect During a Filling:

●       Localanesthesia – at the beginningof your filling procedure, you may be given local anesthesia to numb the areaaround the tooth.

●       Toothdecay removal – then thedentist will cut through the enamel using a drill to remove any decay. Afterthe dentist removes the decay, the dentist will shape the space to ready it forthe filling.

●       Etching – for a bonded filling your dentist will etchthe tooth with an acid gel before placing the filling.

●      Resinapplication – for certain types of fillings the dentist will layer on the resinand harden it using a bright light. This makes itstrong.

●       Polishing – after the filling has been placed, yourdentist will polish the tooth.