When it comes to durability, tooth enamel is pretty much impossible to beat. That’s why we here at the Highbridge Bronx dentist
practice of Elliot Gutman, DMD, are always getting on your case about eating right, practicing good brushing and flossing habits, and coming in for your six-month comprehensive dental exams. When it comes to teeth, there’s just nothing better than what nature has given you. Of course, even people whose oral hygiene habits are pretty darn good can end up getting cavities that need drilling and filling. Thankfully, dental technology has brought us some passable enamel substitutes that are used to fill the spaces created by our drills. Today, if you have a little time, we’d like to tell you about two common types: resin and amalgam fillings.
Resin Dental Fillings Highbridge
When you think about dental fillings, chances are what you picture are the amalgam fillings, which are composed of a tough mixture of silver, mercury, zinc and other metals. For decades, these were really the only game in town when it came to replacing tooth enamel. To this day, there really isn’t anything stronger, more long-lasting or easier for dentists to work with. The only drawback? Due to the materials amalgam fillings are made of, they don’t match the color of your teeth very well, which means they can be pretty conspicuous, particularly in teeth that are closer to the front of your mouth. This is why our Highbridge Bronx dentist
, Elliot Gutman, DMD, also makes use of resin fillings. These are made of ceramic and plastic mixtures whose color can be easily matched to that of surrounding teeth. Ideally, resins are used in the front teeth, where pressures are not as high as in the back of the mouth.
No doubt, you’ll still have lots of questions for Elliot Gutman, DMD, about whether to go with amalgams or resins. Fortunately, the expert staff here at our Highbridge Bronx dentist
office love educating our patients as much as we love working on their pearly whites. Do you think you might have a cavity? Has it simply been awhile since your last comprehensive exam? Don’t waste any more time! Call us or go online to schedule an appointment right away!