Uncovering the benefits of white fillings in La Mesa

Fillings are commonly used to restore teeth by dentists all across the country, yet some dental filling options are more noticeable than others. Our team at Great Smile of La Mesa offers composite white fillings that blend in with the rest of your smile for an invisible restoration option. Continue reading to learn the many benefits of white fillings for your smile.

What are dental fillings?

Dental fillings are used to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma. It fills in the affected area to provide strength and avoid the risk of infection in the tooth. There are many options in choosing a material for your filling including composite resin, gold, and silver. Below are a few benefits of white fillings and why our dental team always chooses this option:

  • Less tooth preparation. Metal fillings require more preparation to the individual tooth prior to applying the filling. This leads to a weakened tooth that will ultimately need replacing. If you choose to go with white composite fillings, then only the decayed area of the tooth needs to be removed.
  • Stronger teeth. Our dental team constructs the filling directly on the tooth by building up the composite filling layer by layer. Metal fillings negatively affect the bite pressure due to their uncomfortable placement inside the tooth.
  • Natural appearance. White composite fillings have a natural look and feel to them and closely resemble a natural tooth while metal fillings are noticeable from a glance.

Call our dental office to set up an appointment with a member of our staff and protect your teeth with white fillings. Call us today to learn more about the different preventative, restorative, and cosmetic services.

Why Replace Metal Fillings With Tooth-colored Composite Fillings?

Dental fillings are very commonly used to help protect teeth and fill areas that are affected by damage or decay from cavities. Our dental team at Great Smiles of La Mesa is eager to provide custom care to every patient that walks through our front doors. An ongoing debate is whether tooth-colored composite fillings are better than regular metal fillings. Continue reading on to see why you should replace your old metal fillings with tooth-colored composite fillings.

Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings are made up of white composite material that closely matches the look of a tooth’s natural enamel. They are a ceramic material that is individually layered on to a tooth in order to further strengthen and protect it.

Is replacing metal fillings common?

Replacing metal fillings has been more common in recent years. This is an easy procedure that simply involves removing the metal filling and in turn adding the composite material. If you are interested in replacing your fillings, then contact our office for a consultation to see if it would be beneficial to your oral health. The two major reasons for replacing metal fillings are below:

  • Cosmetic Reasons for Replacing Metal Fillings. Metal fillings are more of a color contrast in comparison to the natural and almost invisible look for composite materials.
  • Health Reasons for Replacing Metal Fillings. In previous years, metal fillings contained toxic mercury. They also change size and shape depending on the temperature, which can lead to openings that welcome bacteria.

There are many compelling reasons in general for using tooth-colored fillings. Therefore we encourage you to contact our dental office to set up a consultation with our dentist. They can help to answer any further questions you might have regarding treatment.

Bite Problems and Dental Implants

Bite problems can lead to some serious aches and pain. If you grind or clench your teeth over a long period of time you may end up with a chipped or cracked tooth. Even worse, you could experience headaches, ear ringing, severe jaw pain, or dental implant failure! The good news is, there’s preventative exercises that can relieve muscle stress and stop the onset of grinding and clenching. If it cannot be prevented, a bite guard or dental surgery can reset your bite and heal the problem.

What Causes Grinding and Clenching?

The mouth is surrounded by bones that hold our teeth in place. If these bones shift, your teeth may shift with them, which cause our bite to strain. This straining creates tension in our face muscles which leads us to involuntarily grind or clench our jaws. Grinding is when tension forces your jaw to move in a horizontal or circular motion. Clenching is when tension forces the jaw to apply vertical pressure. If grinding or clenching persists, you may develop a continuous spasm, or “Charlie Horse”, in your face muscles.

How Can I be Sure I have a Bite Problem?

Dentists can measure your bite to see if it is off balance. They use a very thin micron paper which records bite measurements. From this quick test, they’ll be able to diagnose you.

How Can I Prevent This?

There are some simple jaw stretch exercises that can help to relieve face muscle stress. First, you’ll need to ice your face for 5-10 minutes on each side. Once cooled, there are four exercises to ease your muscles.

  1. Place your thumb under your chin and slowly open your mouth. Apply resistance by pushing up against your chin. Repeat 10 times.
  2. Place your index and thumb fingers on your chin and squeeze together. As you apply pressure gently close your mouth. Repeat 10 times.
  3. Place a small object (1⁄4 inch) in between your front teeth and move your jaw from side to side. Repeat for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and slowly open and close your mouth. Repeat 10 times.

We’re all susceptible to bite problems. If we engage in preventative ice and stretching exercises, we have a good chance of keeping our face muscles stress-free.