With the amazing advancements that have been made in modern dentistry, metal amalgam fillings are now obsolete. Today’s tooth-colored composite fillings are more attractive and more enduring alternatives to metal.
The team at Dr. A.M. Kahane Inc. in Fernie, BC will replace old, silver fillings with newer materials such as porcelain and composites.
In the past when mercury amalgam fillings were placed, dentists had to drill deeply into the softer dentin area of the tooth and drill undercuts into the healthy tooth even when there is no disease. As a result of a metal filling, the tooth can be weakened up to 75%. Mercury fillings also expand after being placed in the tooth and the larger the filling, the more it expands. If moisture gets into the filling, the filling will expand rapidly, and temperature can also cause expansion. This expansion eventually results in a fracture of the actual tooth.
Composite or porcelain fillings are tooth-colored and nearly invisible in your mouth. Specifically designed to match the natural color of your teeth, they are a much more attractive option than metal fillings. If you are restoring a tooth for the first time, composite filling materials will not only strengthen the tooth but provide great longevity and beauty. In general, they are also far less damaging to the tooth. These “white fillings” require only minimal natural tooth removal and not only restore decayed areas but also seal up weak spots, so decay will not penetrate the other surface grooves.
Bonding can resurface a damaged tooth in just one appointment. Dental bonding is a wonderful technique for fixing cosmetic flaws in teeth and even replacing damaged tooth structure. It is a fast and affordable way to conceal stains and cracks, fill gaps, and restore chipped or broken teeth.
Porcelain Veneers can completely transform your smile by using a thin facing of porcelain custom fitted and bonded to each tooth. With the ability to change the size and shape of your teeth, they can be used to:
- Close spaces between teeth
- Hide crooked or misshapen teeth
- Whiten stained teeth that resist conventional whitening
- Improve the appearance of chipped, cracked, or worn teeth
Virtually impossible to distinguish and completely natural looking, veneers can permanently straighten teeth in as few as two appointments.
Crowns and Bridges repair and strengthen cracked or broken teeth as well as fill in gaps from missing teeth. While missing teeth are unattractive, they can also lead to serious problems including gum disease, tooth decay, and migraine headaches. Crowns and bridges can now be created to perfectly match your surrounding teeth, making them indistinguishable from your own teeth.
Tooth Whitening delivers beautiful results quickly and easily. Most people begin to notice a natural discoloration by the time they reach their mid-to-late twenties, although it can be accelerated by tobacco use, coffee, candy, or soda. Tooth whitening can be performed in-office or custom fitted mouth trays can be created that allow you to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home. The treatment is simple and non-invasive and changes the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.