Posts for: July, 2011
Why tooth colored fillings(composites) instead of amalgams(silver fillings)?
The silver filling has been used in dentistry for 150 years and it saved alot of teeth. Why should we use the new tooth colored fillings called composites?
First of all, the silver filling is composed of about 50% mercury. The rest of the filling is a combination of silver, tin and zinc. It is mixed together in an amalgamator and then pressed into the prepared tooth and allowed to set. Our first problem is that mercury vapors are emitted for a long time and can cause many problems. These mercury vapors are mentioned in kidney diseases, muscle weakness, allergies, sexual dysfunction and even multiple sclerosis. There is a long list of other problems that could occur.
From my experience I believe that some people are sensitive to the mercury and others are not sensitive. I see patients in their 90's with alot of silver fillings in their mouth with no apparent problems. But why use them if we have something better now.
Another problem with the silver mercury filling is expansion and contraction. We see large numbers of teeth that are cracked because of the expansion of the metal when heat is applied to the teeth when eating.
Also the color of a silver mercury filling is not pleasant. They turn very dark over time and the tooth can appear black when smiling.
And lastly, the big reason we don't use the silver mercury filling is that the left over materials after the filling is completed has to get picked up as hazardous waste. I believe if it is hazardous waste why should I put it into someone's mouth.
So in our office we only use composites to fill teeth. They are as strong as the silver mercury filling, they bond the tooth for increased strength and they look like your tooth.
For alot more information google amalgam filling on your computer. You will be surprised of all the things written on this subject.
This is very different from deep sedation or general anesthesia. Conscious sedation is a moderate sedation. It is a minimally depressed level of consciousness whereby the patient maintains their own airway and reflexes, and responds to physical and verbal stimuli.
An even lighter form of sedation is available where the individual is awake but has decreased anxiety to facilitate coping skills, retaining interaction abilities.
Research tells us that almost 30% of our population avoids going to the dentist due to fear. And many more come to the dentist but they are very anxious and it is not a pleasant experience. Sometimes this fear and or anxiety comes from past dental experiences and other times it was created nondentally from experiences when you were a child or infant. The fear is very real and is often uncontrolable. In the past one way to treat this kind of patient was to have it done in the hospital under general anesthesia. This takes alot of time and is very expensive.
Today in our office we have a very safe solution called conscious sedation. This is done by swallowing a pill the night before treatment and then when in the dental office a crushed up pill is placed under your tongue where it is absorbed.
Our goal is not to put the patient asleep. It is to create the most relaxed comfortable appointment possible while the patient remains awake and conscious. However, many sedated patients feel like they slept through the entire appointment since they have little or no memory of the appointment.
If you are interested in this type of dentistry it is important to meet the dentist and his staff to find out what your needs are before any work is done. This is important because if you need alot of dental work it can be arranged to get much of that done with only one or two sedation appointments. This will save you alot of time and money.
Contact us and come in to meet our very nice staff where we will treat you with the utmost courtesy and respect. We can be reached at (562) 424-8537. Today is a good time to get that long needed dentistry done and get on the road to good health.
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