Are your fillings toxic?

Recently, Dr. Oz invited dental experts to his television program to discuss whether those silver fillings, known as amalgams, are toxic to our health. From memory loss to mood swings, could your toxic teeth be to blame for your health problems? Mercury fillings are banned in some countries. Should you consider having yours removed? According to Dr. Jonathan B. Levine. you might want to consider removal.

If you are concerned about removal, here are a couple of his tips to help you decide:

Because you are exposed to mercury when they are first placed and when they are removed, don’t automatically dash to the dentist to have them all taken out now. But ask your dentist to check your fillings to make sure they are intact and then discuss whether it is better to keep them or remove them.

If your fillings are 20 years old or older, resulting in decay beneath them or gum inflammation, Dr. Levine recommends replacing them with a non-amalgam restoration. A cost-effective option is a direct composite fillings, or you may want to opt for porcelain or gold to strengthen your teeth without associated risks.

If you have any questions about your old amalgam fillings give Dr. Brogdon a call.  We’ll set up an appointment to talk with you and help you decide what is best for you.

 

Veneers and You

Have you ever considered veneers? If you have and wonder exactly what they are, according to WebMD:

Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Do you think you are a candidate for veneers? You might want veneers if you have discolored teeth, teeth that are worn down, chipped or broken, misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth, or teeth with gaps between them.

Getting veneers usually requires around 3 trips to your dentist. One for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers.  Veneers generally last between 5 and 10 years. After that time, most veneers need to be replaced and there is no special care involved with your veneers, just continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing as you normally would.

What are some of the advantages of veneers?

  • They provide a natural tooth appearance.
  • Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
  • The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
  • Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape; veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.

If you feel you might be interested in veneers, give us a call at Brogdon Dental.  Dr. Brogdon can discuss the pros and cons associated with veneers and you can decide if this procedure is for you.