Singh Smile Care
Phoenix, AZ Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Mercury-Free Fillings

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It is important to us that we answer your questions fully before we begin any treatment. We know that if you’re educated about costs, procedures, and options, you will be more likely to feel comfortable and in control when you arrive at our Phoenix dentist office for your appointment. This allows you to enjoy stress-free treatment, and it helps us provide dental care that exactly fits your needs.

Many of our patients have similar concerns, and here we’ve listed a few of the more frequently asked questions we receive. If you can't find the answer you need here, or if you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 623-934-6400.

Mercury-Free Fillings

There is no conclusive proof that the amount of mercury in amalgam fillings is a danger to your health. But many patients are concerned that the presence of mercury may be harmful, and that tooth-colored fillings phoenix az is one of the reasons that Singh Smile Care uses tooth-colored composite fillings instead of amalgam.

Amalgam fillings – a combination of metals, including mercury – have been widely used because of their strength and durability. They were most often used for strength in very large fillings and for molars, which need to withstand a lot of wear and tear while chewing.

Aside from the concerns about mercury, amalgam fillings are just plain unattractive because they are obvious and also tend to darken over time. Amalgam fillings also tend to shrink over time, pulling away from your tooth and increasing the risk of breaks and cracks that can damage the remaining healthy tooth structure.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

With improvements in dental materials, we now have the option to use composite fillings because they are every bit as durable as amalgam. Tooth-colored fillings are very stable, do not shrink, and will provide support for your tooth for many years. Another advantage of composite fillings is that Dr. Singh needs to remove only the decayed portion, leaving more healthy tooth structure intact and further strengthening your natural tooth.

Modern dentistry has really changed the way we do so many things, and improvements in the material used for dental fillings are just one example of how we pass those benefits on to you. dental fillings phoenix azTooth-colored fillings match your natural teeth beautifully and are even more durable than many types of fillings used in the past.

We use composite resin for tooth-colored fillings. The beauty of this material is that it is durable, resilient, and can be formulated to precisely match your natural tooth color. Since tooth-colored fillings blend so perfectly with your natural teeth, you will not be able to tell where your tooth ends and where the filling begins!

In the past, silver amalgam fillings were frequently used for larger fillings. But we know that many patients today have concerns about the presence of mercury in their mouth. That is why Dr. Singh uses composite material exclusively for all fillings placed at Singh Smile Care.

Tooth-Colored Fillings Are the Answer

If you would like to see the difference that tooth-colored fillings can make to the appearance of your smile, please give our Phoenix dental office a call. We can use composite material to replace your old fillings, and you will be thrilled with the beautiful smile we can create for you!

Dental bonding is a treatment offered at Singh Smile Care that corrects the appearance of a number of cosmetic dental imperfections. Using composite material that looks similar to your natural teeth, we can enhance your smile and strengthen your teeth.

Many of us have something about our smile that we’d like to change or improve. Over the years, advances in new dental materials have given us treatments that can dramatically improve the health and appearance of your smile.

Composite Material

You don’t have to live with teeth that are chipped, cracked, broken, or severely stained. Dental bonding can correct all these problems because the composite material we use looks completely natural and blends perfectly with your own teeth.

Bonding with composite material is an efficient process that can usually be completed in just one office visit, depending on the number of teeth involved. Dr. Singh will prepare the tooth to be treated and then carefully match the bonding material to your natural tooth shade.

Next, he uses a special curing light to bond the material securely to your tooth. Finally he carefully shapes the material to conform to the appearance of your own teeth. The result is a fully functional tooth that is not only attractive, but long-lasting.

Please contact our Phoenix dental office if you would like more information about bonding and how this treatment can benefit you.

There has been some discussion lately about the safety of mercury in amalgam (silver) fillings. Dr. Singh wants you to feel completely safe and comfortable with any dental treatment we provide, and for that reason he has chosen to use only tooth-colored composite material to fill teeth.

There is no conclusive proof that mercury in amalgam fillings poses a health threat, but Dr. Singh chooses to use composite fillings at Singh Smile Care for reasons other than safety. For example, composite fillings are more aesthetically pleasing because they can be mixed to achieve a shade that matches your natural teeth perfectly.

Composite Fillings

From a purely structural viewpoint, composite fillings require the removal of less of the healthy portion of your tooth. This is important because we want to do everything to maintain as much of your natural tooth as possible. Tooth-colored composites also have the ability to expand and contract, making them adaptable to changes caused by extreme variations in temperature like those experienced when you consume hot and cold foods.

We think you’ll be pleased with the beautiful results we can achieve using tooth-colored fillings. Please contact our Phoenix dental office to learn more about the advantages of using composite material for your fillings.

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