Mercury fillings can be a lifesaver when it comes to alleviating the tooth pain that comes with cavities. Also known as caries, cavities are the result of acids in a person's mouth destroying the enamel and making its way into the tooth. The results are holes forming on the tooths surfaces.
Acids get into the mouth in two ways: There are acids in the food people eat, and there are bacteria that live in the mouth that convert food particles into acids.
Good oral hygiene goes a long way when it comes to protecting teeth from these acids, but it does not always prevent cavities from forming. Other factors like a person's diet, genetics, and snacking habits can determine how vulnerable a patient is to having tooth decay form.
How mercury fillings stop cavities in their tracks
Mercury fillings are the cheapest way to prevent tooth decay in its tracks. It is a solution that can last up to 10 years when the person takes proper care of their mouth. During the treatment, the dentist will remove the decayed tooth material and clean the tooth before applying the putty-like filling. It is molded into the desired shape and hardens due to exposure to air and saliva.
The filling helps to restore the natural function of the tooth, and it protects the damaged area from further decay.
When left untreated, tooth decay can reach the pulp chamber of a tooth, exposing the blood vessels and nerves inside. This puts the tooth at risk of infection and requires a root canal to save the tooth. If the tooth has already been severely damaged, it may need to be replaced with an implant.
Amalgam fillings are made from a combination of metals including mercury and silver. Mercury fillings are not the only option when it comes to combating tooth decay. Other types of fillings include:
1. Gold Fillings
Gold can be used to make special types of fillings called inlays. The dentist measures the patient's mouth, and the dimensions are sent to a lab where the filling is prepared. It is then cemented on the tooth during a follow-up appointment.
These types of fillings are considered to be the best since it can last up to 25 years with proper care. It is also the most expensive type of filling a patient can get.
2. Porcelain Fillings
Porcelain fillings can also be used to fight tooth decay. The color of these fillings blends in with the color of real teeth, and porcelain is resistant to stains. Porcelain fillings are also durable, but they are one of the pricier options.
3. Composite resins
These are special resins that are used to fill up cavities and restore the appearance of teeth. It is one of the more affordable options.
Taking care of mercury fillings. We can help!
Proper oral hygiene is enough to keep filling in good condition. The patient should also make it a priority to see the dentist at least twice each year.
Are you dealing with cavities and figuring our your best options? We will gladly help you in the decision process and guide you on what is best for your oral health. Set up an appointment with one of our dentists today!
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