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By Lynch Dental Center
April 05, 2021
Category: Oral Health

A dental filling will restore a tooth after a cavity.

Chances are fairly good that you’ve already had a cavity before. According to the CDC, as many as 91 percent of Americans over 20 years old have had a cavity. While good oral hygiene is paramount to preventing cavities, when a cavity does form it’s important that you turn to our Chicago, and River Forest, IL, dentists right away for care.

Here are the top benefits of getting a tooth-colored filling from our  Chicago, and River Forest, IL, dentists:

They Look Like Tooth Enamel

A tooth-colored filling is made from composite resin, which matches the color and shade of your tooth. This means that once the filling is bonded directly to the tooth you won’t even notice it. Our dental team here at Lynch Dental Center will choose the appropriate shade of resin prior to placing it to make sure that you have a restoration that matches your tooth.

Preserve More of Your Tooth

Since tooth-colored fillings bond directly to the tooth, this means that we won’t have to remove as much tooth enamel to make room for your restoration. This is always great news! After all, our goal is to preserve as much of your healthy, natural tooth as possible so it stays strong over the years.

Fast and  Painless Treatment

We will place a tooth-colored filling immediately after removing the decay, so you won’t have to come in for a separate appointment to restore the tooth. This is all done in a single visit. Once we choose the shade of the composite resin we’re using, we will apply it layer by layer, shape it to the tooth and then harden it. It usually takes no more than 30 minutes to place and harden the filling.

This Restoration is Durable

When a tooth is damaged from decay it’s also weaker. By placing a dental filling we can restore the tooth so that it is strong enough to chew and bite down without further issues. A tooth-colored filling is quite resilient, and with the proper care can last up to 10 years or more.

Here at Lynch Dental Center, we provide comprehensive restorative dentistry to patients in  Chicago, and River Forest, IL. If you simply need to schedule your six-month checkup or you think you might have a cavity, give us a call at (312) 263-3235 or (708) 366-6411.

By Lynch Dental Center
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  

Over the last century and a half millions of people have had a tooth cavity filled with “silver” amalgam. Perhaps you’re one of them. The use of this effective and durable filling has declined in recent years, but only because of the development of more attractive tooth-colored materials.

At the same time there’s another issue that’s been brewing in recent years about this otherwise dependable metal alloy: the inclusion of mercury in amalgam, about half of its starting mixture. Various studies have shown mercury exposure can have a cumulative toxic effect on humans. As a result, you may already be heeding warnings to limit certain seafood in your diet.

So, should you be equally concerned about amalgam fillings — even going so far as to have any existing ones removed?

Before taking such a drastic step, let’s look at the facts. To begin with, not all forms of mercury are equally toxic. The form causing the most concern is called methylmercury, a compound formed when mercury released in the environment combines with organic molecules. This is the form certain large fish like salmon and tuna ingest, which we then ingest when we eat them. Methylmercury can accumulate in the body’s tissues where at high levels it can damage various organ systems.

Dental amalgam, on the other hand, uses elemental mercury. Dentists take it in liquid form and mix it with a powder of other metals like silver, tin and copper to create a pliable paste. After it’s placed in a prepared cavity, the amalgam hardens into a compound in which the mercury interlaces with the other metals and becomes “trapped.”

Although over time the filling may emit trace amounts of mercury vapor, it’s well below harmful levels. You’re more likely to encounter “un-trapped” mercury in your diet than from a dental filling. And scores of studies over amalgam’s 150-year history have produced no demonstrable ill effects due to mercury.

Although it now competes with more attractive materials, amalgam still fills (no pun intended) a necessary role. Dentists frequently use amalgam in less visible back teeth, which encounter higher chewing pressures than front teeth. So, if you already have an amalgam filling or we recommend one to you, relax — you’re really in no danger of mercury poisoning.

If you would like more information on dental amalgam fillings, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.