No one wants to get a cavity, but it is a common dental issue. Traditionally, these cavities were remedied with a silver filling. Amalgam fillings, or metallic fillings, have been around for years and have been used by dentists to complete many cosmetic procedures. While using this procedure is indeed very effective, there are a multitude of controversies surrounding the safety and appearance of them.
Many patients are suffering from the same dilemma and feel like there is nothing they can do, however, thanks to advanced dental technology, you can achieve your dream smile with tooth-colored fillings. Dental professionals encourage patients to receive tooth-colored fillings by listing the following advantages:
- Eliminates unnatural, metal fillings
- Diminishes discoloration caused by metal fillings
- Prevents tooth decay and gum diseases
- Strengthen your teeth
- They are undetectable and match the exact shade of your teeth
Modern dentistry is now using more tooth-like materials (composite resins and porcelains) that are both safe and predictable. The most important feature, for many people, is that they look and react more like natural teeth. In the past, teeth were filled with a mixture—or amalgam—of different metals. Today that is changing as more natural-looking and metal-free fillings are becoming the preferred approach.
If you don’t want to go the traditional route, ask your dentist about tooth-colored fillings! Tooth colored fillings, or resin, are made out of a much safer material than amalgam fillings. Along with that, tooth-colored fillings are safer, not to mention enhance the cosmetic appearance of teeth due to their natural tooth like color!
As each year passes, our technology improves, especially when it comes to visuals. Our movies and televisions have become so crisp and clean, it feels like we’re watching it live. But this technology is not only improving our entertainment; it’s also being utilized in many other industries, including dentistry. Believe it or not, but your dental professional has gone digital.
It may seem a bit excessive to have 3D technology at the dentist, but there are plenty of reasons it is for your benefit. It allows dentists a wide variety of perspectives of the face, neck and teeth, giving you a better diagnosis and making a more complete treatment plan. With digital x-rays, dentists do a lot more than ever before. The technology is fast, simple and completely non-invasive, so there’s no need to worry. All you have to do is sit in the chair for a scan, and the dentist has a computer-generated view of your face, teeth and other important details from various perspectives. Not only does this help keep your mouth healthy but can also give you a better look into dental procedures you are about to have done.
The imaging system is basically an x-ray scanner, only it’s mounted on a rotating arm. While you sit in the chair, the scanner will move around your head to gather all the data necessary. A traditional x-ray can only show so much – going digital can show views never seen before with a typical scan. This accessibility makes it easier to see bones, teeth, airways, nerves, as well as tissues and see the relationship between them in order to create a more effective treatment plan. When you can catch issues early, treatment will be much more effective.
For more information about digital x-rays, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.
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