For decades if you were suffering from dental decay, your dentist had only one option to offer for treatment … silver amalgam. The decay would be drilled out of your tooth and amalgam would be placed to fill in the hole. Your dentist would mold and shape it as best as possible, but that metal filling was still very visible and over time would darken.
Today that very same cavity can be corrected with a tooth colored material; a composite resin that can be used for more than just cavity repair.
If you have dental stain or discoloration your dentist has multiple options to present – a permanent treatment that resolves this is to blend away stain with a tooth-colored bonding material. The bonding is matched to your natural tooth shading and is placed on the tooth that has been properly prepared so that it will adhere.
A chipped tooth or missing dental enamel can mar your smile. In one dental appointment, you can have that chip repaired so expertly, no one will be able to tell.
If you have had a tooth repaired with amalgam in the past, you can now have it removed and replaced with a tooth-colored filling that is strong and durable. With on-going advances, the tooth-colored fillings used today are stronger and much more aesthetically appealing than ever before. This makes them a wonderful choice for patients concerned about the use of amalgam while simultaneously addressing cosmetic issues.
When applying a tooth-colored filling, the dentist must follow a specific protocol. The tooth must be kept dry during the application. For repairing a cavity, much less of the tooth needs to be removed when using composite allowing for a more structurally sound tooth to remain.
The resin is applied in layers with each layer being cured before adding the next. This process does require more precision and is more labor intensive than what is needed when placing dental amalgam.
But the results are certainly worth it. Your tooth is repaired with a strong material resulting in a more natural looking smile. To learn more or to schedule a visit, contact the office of Dr. Mark E. Massaro at 918-779-3399.
Mark E. Massaro, DDS
3150 East 41st Street
Wellington Square Suite 141
Tulsa, OK 74105
Dr. Mark Massaro is a Tulsa, OK dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry such as Dental Exams, Cleanings, X-rays, Smile Makeovers, Zoom Teeth Whitening, Lumineers, Crowns, & more.