Only 1% of the population has an immunity to dental caries, the infection that causes tooth decay. Unfortunately, you will probably develop a cavity at some point in your life and that cavity will need filling. When you eat, tiny particles of sugar and starch get trapped between teeth and in the crevices on the biting surfaces of our back teeth. Bacteria living in your mouth digest those sugars and the digestion process creates an acid that eats away at tooth enamel. Eventually, the acid corrodes the enamel, causing cavities to form. If left untreated, cavities can deepen further, necessitating root canal therapy and even tooth extraction.
How Does My Dentist Place a Filling?
At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, we focus on helping you feel comfortable about your dental work. First, our hygienist will help you relax with nitrous oxide, a gentle but effective sedation therapy. Next, after numbing the site, Dr. Greenfield will remove any decay, disinfect the site, and fill it in using a safe, tooth-colored material called composite resin. After curing the resin with a special light, the health and function of your tooth is restored.
What’s Wrong with Silver Fillings?
Silver fillings, or amalgam fillings, contain 50% mercury. Classified as a neurotoxin, mercury can pose serious health risks to the brain and central nervous system. Even the American Dental Association, who still endorse the use of amalgam fillings for most patients, advise pregnant women, young children, and people with mercury allergies to avoid having amalgam fillings placed. While many dental professionals still debate the actual danger of amalgam fillings, Dr. Greenfield takes a proactive role in providing metal-free holistic care for his patients and places only white fillings made of composite resin.
Visit Your Lake Orion Family Dentist
To schedule an appointment or consultation or if you are interested in replacing silver fillings with safe, nontoxic white fillings, with Dr. Brad Greenfield, contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry at (248) 693-6213. It’s time you experienced dental care close to home, but far from ordinary!