Most everyone has experienced or will experience a cavity. Whether we unveil a cavity during your routine checkup and professional cleaning or replace an unattractive old filling, the conservative, white fillings that Everett E. Heringer D.D.S. utilizes in Bismarck can restore and strengthen the tooth while blending in seamlessly with your smile. Heringer Dentistry LLC certainly has your best general dentistry interests at heart!
Video: Dental Bonding
Dental bonding fills and covers imperfections on your teeth. Dr. Everett Heringer artfully sculpts dental bonding composite to cover chips, cracks, and discoloration, and can fill the "black triangle" that some patients develop between their front teeth. Dr. Heringer can also use dental bonding as a cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers.
Composite White Fillings vs. Silver Amalgam Fillings
Also referred to as tooth-colored fillings, composite white fillings are certainly beneficial:
Conspicuous silver fillings are not aesthetically pleasing and distract from an individual's smile. Fortunately, the conservative white fillings that Dr. Heringer places from composite resin can be matched to the exact color of your teeth! If you have an unsightly old filling, you have the opportunity to replace it with natural-looking, tooth-colored material. Our cosmetic dentistry procedures may be pursued for greater aesthetic results.
While conservative white fillings are extremely safe, silver amalgam fillings are associated with numerous side effects. The main concern is their makeup of mercury, a chemical that has been shown to be more toxic than lead or even arsenic. The potential for the silver amalgam filling to leak mercury presents a dangerous possibility, and many doctors, like Dr. Heringer, are concerned by research pointing to the negative physical and psychological effects that a small amount of mercury can cause in the body. Because they are mercury-free, tooth-colored fillings are an ideal and safer alternative.
Conservative White Fillings vs. Sealants
Sealants are thin plastic coatings which seal over cracks in the natural tooth. The risk of sealants arises when the coat covers microscopic decay that is already present. The chance exists for the decay to worsen and enlarge the cavity, all the while undetected because of the sealant covering.
Conservative white fillings bond to the tooth after all decay has been microscopically cleared, so they are able to strengthen the original tooth structure without any of the risks associated with sealants. Patients with more extensive decay should consult with Dr. Heringer about restorative dentistry options, such as inlays or onlays.
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Patients with cavities and old fillings would benefit greatly from fillings at our practice. We encourage anyone residing in Bismarck, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, or Canada to make an appointment with our skilled dentist today!