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  • What’s In An Amalgam Filling And Do Dentists Still Use Them?

    It’s commonly known that amalgam fillings (also called silver fillings) contain mercury, hence the debate about whether they are safe to use or not.  But what other ingredients are in an amalgam filling? What’s In An Amalgam Filling? When an amalgam filling is placed in the tooth, it is soft and can be molded to the right shape by the dentist.  The filling will begin to harden within a couple of minutes and will reach its full strength after a few hours.  In order for amalgam to have the correct consistency, it is made up of a number of different metals.  Amalgam fillings typically contain 40-50% mercury with the remaining…

  • Fissure Sealants – Preventing Decay

    What Are Fissure Sealants? Fissure sealants are coatings that cover the fissures (grooves and pits) of children’s teeth to prevent tooth decay.  They are placed on the biting surface of the teeth to protect the fissures which are prone to decay.  These fissures are so small that food and bacteria can easily get trapped in them, but the bristles of a toothbrush are too large to properly clean them.  Fissure sealants, also called pit and fissure sealants, are different from fillings as they are preventative and are not used to treat existing decay.  They are placed on molar teeth soon after they grow into the mouth and before they have…

  • Dental Sealants – What Are They And What Is The Procedure?

    What Are Dental Sealants? Dental sealants (also called fissure sealants) are plastic coating which is placed on the surface of the molar teeth.  Dental sealants are usually placed on the biting surface, but they may sometimes be needed on the cheek or tongue side of the teeth if there are pits there. Why Should My Child Have Dental Sealants? Dental sealants are placed to prevent food and plaque from getting stuck in the pits and fissures of the teeth and causing decay.  The grooves of the teeth are difficult to clean and are susceptible to decay.  The material used in dental sealants is flowed into these pits and fissures creating…

  • Dental Implants – Replacing Missing Teeth

    What Is A Dental Implant? A dental implant is used to replace a single missing tooth or a number of teeth.  It is made up of a titanium screw that is implanted into the jaw bone and then a crown is placed on top of that to make it look like a natural tooth. A crown, or dental cap, is made of porcelain and is like a thimble that sits over the implant to make it look like a real tooth. A number of different dental professionals can place an implant including implantologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists (gum specialists), and some general dentists.  The process of having an implant…

  • Dental Bridge – Replacing Missing Teeth

    What Is A Dental Bridge? A dental bridge is a false tooth attached to crowns on either side of a gap to replace a missing tooth.  A bridge consists of two crowns on the neighboring teeth with a false tooth, called a pontic, between them which bridges the gap.  A bridge can be used on natural teeth or it can be attached to an implant.  You therefore only need to have two implant screws to support a three-unit bridge. Dental Bridge Procedure The procedure for getting a dental bridge made is almost the same as for a crown.  The only difference is that the procedure will take a little longer…