When you were a kid, did the silver spots in your parents’ mouths fascinate you? Maybe you have a few silver-colored dental fillings of your own. If so, you have these amalgam dental fillings because you had a cavity or damaged tooth and they were the norm for a dental care. Unfortunately, these traditional restorations may now be causing problems thanks to disintegration and the presence of dark spots in an otherwise all-white smile.
Dr. Ryan Hussong, a comprehensive care dentist in Polk City, Iowa, has a stronger, more attractive alternative for restoring decayed, chipped, cracked, or decaying teeth.
When you go to the dentist to have a cavity filled, the dentist carefully removes the decaying area of the tooth, cleans the surrounding area, and places a filling to fill the hole and maintain the structural soundness of the tooth. In the past, heavy metal amalgam fillings, which are made of a combination of mercury, zinc, silver, and tin, were used to fill cavities. After years of debate over the safeness of amalgam fillings due to their high mercury content, composite resin is now commonly used.
This tooth-colored, plastic-like, completely safe substance has several advantages over amalgam. First, composite resin fillings are much safer because they are biocompatible, meaning they will not release any harmful materials into your body. Additionally, these fillings are extremely durable, so they will not break down or become damaged as a result of the intense wear and tear your teeth experience everyday. Unlike traditional fillings, composite fillings are tooth-colored and can be tinted to precisely blend in with your natural tooth structure to maintain an all-white smile. Dark patches are now a thing of the past!
Composite resin is used for more than just dental fillings. Dr. Hussong uses it during a restorative and cosmetic dental procedure called cosmetic bonding. For chipped, cracked, slightly misshapen, stained, or gapped teeth, cosmetic bonding is a conservative treatment option that corrects the flaws and creates a more attractive smile overall. During the bonding process, Dr. Hussong will apply the composite resin material to the tooth or teeth, sculpt it to the desired shape and position, and then set it with a state-of-the-art curing light. Once the resin has hardened, Dr. Hussong will polish the area to give it a completely natural appearance.
Cosmetic dental bonding can be used on patients of all ages because it is such a conservative and effective procedure. If you’re ready to say goodbye to the flaws you’ve seen in your smile for years, or if your young son needs to have a tooth repaired after a soccer incident, cosmetic bonding may be the go-to procedure.
For more information about the procedures listed above and the other procedures we offer, or to reserve an appointment with Dr. Hussong, call Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001 or visit us online at polkcity.cornerstonedentalgroup.comm. Dr. Hussong and the Cornerstone Dental team create and care for smiles for patients from across the greater Polk City and Des Moines areas.