The preservation of teeth with the use of fillings is one of the top reasons why people see Dr. Gerald Regni Jr. at our dental office in Philadelphia. What sets Dr. Regni apart from other dentists is his desire to save a tooth as much as he can.
Before he even considers other treatment options, he will first determine if fillings are enough to preserve and protect teeth. More importantly, he will use materials that are safe and biocompatible with your body.
Amalgam was the most common filling material for a long time. They did their job of preserving teeth. Until recently, amalgam fillings were believed to be harmless. Many people even thought that the metallic-shine from these fillings made their teeth look good.
Now, there is concern about the mercury vapor that is released as these fillings wore out. There was also the possibility that mercury might have found its way into people’s bloodstream. Research show links between mercury and cardiovascular, immunological, neurological and collagen diseases. Mercury’s toxicity was not the only concern about amalgam fillings. Healthy parts of the teeth are removed to make space for these fillings.
While the debate on the safety of amalgam fillings is still ongoing, Dr. Regni, being a responsible dentist, would instead use safer and non-metallic materials. We no longer use amalgam fillings in our dental practice. Instead, we offer the following alternatives.
Tooth-Colored Fillings. These composite resins do not have any metallic content and can match the color of your teeth. They have a natural look and are best suited for use with visible teeth. When these composites harden, they bond with teeth. Because of its bonding qualities, there is no need to remove healthy teeth for tooth-colored fillings.
Porcelain or Ceramic Fillings. Porcelain made fillings last longer than composite resins. These are custom-made in a laboratory. Porcelain is hard and suitable as an inlay or an onlay. Inlays are used to fill large cavities. Onlays on the other hand, cover the cusp or portion of a tooth that has been chipped or broken off.
Removal of Amalgam Fillings
Dr. Regni uses the safest methods and latest technology when removing amalgam fillings. For instance, in a process called “chunking,” he will drill your fillings into chunks which can be easily removed by suction or dental tools. This minimizes the absorption of amalgam particles or dust. Likewise, our dental clinic possesses the latest suction equipment powerful enough to capture mercury and other particles.
If you are in Philadelphia and seek a dentist who can expertly preserve and protect your teeth, why not visit our dental office. Give us a call at 215-351-9399 for an appointment.