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Why Replace Metal Fillings?

added on: February 17, 2015

Cedar Rapids dentist Dr. Blaine McLaughlin offers metal-free fillings and dental restorations that can be used to replace older amalgam fillings – helping preserve tooth structure while producing optimal aesthetics. To learn more, please call 319-373-5082 and schedule your initial consultation today.

The Problem with Metal

Amalgam fillings are unsightly, but also unstable, and it is the latter that causes a majority of the issues related to these restorations. The metal used in fillings cannot be bonded to teeth. In order for this substance to fill a cavity, it must be packed deeply into the cavity. This process requires the removal of a large amount of healthy tooth enamel and can significantly damage the structure of the tooth.

Once placed, metal fillings expand and contract with heat fluctuations. Though these changes in size are unnoticeable, they are doing irreversible damage and often result in broken teeth and exposed cavities.

Metal-Free Fillings Offer Solutions

White fillings are bonded to the surface of the tooth where they serve to prevent further damage and decay. These fillings are not impacted by heat changes, will not come loose or fall out, and do not threaten the integrity of adjacent enamel. The fact that they look completely natural is simply icing on the cake.

If you would like to learn more about our metal-free dentistry practice, please contact Dental Touch Associates today. We welcome patients from Cedar Rapids and surrounding Iowa communities.