While the ADA officially states that the mercury level in amalgam fillings is safe, our office takes no chances with your health. In fact, we won't compromise your all-white smile with metal dental work of any kind. For fillings, we use safe, durable composite resin, and for most crowns, we use all-porcelain restorations. Your smile is part of your personality and your image. We will partner with you to maintain your oral health and your natural-looking, gorgeous smile.
Composite fillings are bonded with adhesive to your tooth structure, protecting against decay and strengthening the tooth. This bond can make a composite filling last for seven to ten years, the same life expectancy of an amalgam filling. By contrast, dental amalgams do not form such a bond: they simply form a mechanical barrier to decay. Thus, over time, the amalgam-treated tooth can weaken, often creating a liability to your long-term dental health.
Composite fillings provide long-term bacterial invasion protection, too. Once bonded, a composite filling won't wear down or change shape, despite the incredible forces of biting and chewing. Bacteria and food particles cannot enter the tooth. However, silver amalgams on biting surfaces can change shape with biting and chewing impact. Tiny cracks in the material or between the filling and natural tooth structure can allow bacterial reinvasion, creating a bigger decay problem than you had at first.
If you’re self-conscious about cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with all-porcelain crowns, also called caps. A white crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. Designed to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, a crown will protect your tooth from further damage and preserve the jaw’s correct natural alignment.
Typically, we can design, fit, and place your all-porcelain crown in just a couple of short appointments. Once a crown is placed, you can care for it as you do your natural teeth. Conscientious brushing twice a day and daily flossing will protect the base of your crown from bacterial growth. Be sure to see us at least two times each year for professional cleanings and a preventive exam, too.
Oral health and beauty should always go together. At Hartsdale, Dr. Avanzato and our team deliver excellent cosmetic dentistry, aesthetic restorative dentistry, and general dentistry procedures. Our goal is to create stunning smiles with optimal function and comfort while maintaining a foundation of healthy gums and teeth with preventive care. Patients from Hartsdale, White Plains, Scarsdale, Yonkers, and the surrounding area have enjoyed fantastic results and rewarding experiences at our practice, so call us today to schedule your personal consultation.