ANY DENTIST . . .
Article by Joseph F. Newell, D.D.S.
-- submitted to PhillyFit Magazine
Today, it is very common to see advertisements by dentists and
dental companies promoting “Cosmetic Dental Makeovers.” It is very
alluring to the public. Everyone wants a beautiful smile and white teeth. It
increases self-confidence and self-image. While these are good things,
some patients are unaware of the disadvantages of some of these procedures.
dental procedures should be limited to the front part of the mouth. Dentists
refer to this region as the “esthetic zone.” When you
speak, smile and laugh, you want to see beautiful white teeth. In
the back part of your mouth, or posterior regions, more durable
material work better and service the patient for a longer period
teeth take a tremendous amount of punishment, wear and stress over
a lifetime. Cosmetic
procedures and materials have a relatively short lifetime of service
compared to other materials. Ask any dentist.
cosmetic dental fillings, or composite fillings, are basically
plastic in nature. Large white plastic fillings in back teeth do
not hold up well under tremendous chewing forces.
Porcelain, amalgam (silver), and gold fillings are better materials
for filling back teeth. Of the three, gold is by far the most compatible
and durable material. Ask any dentist.
fillings require the removal of more tooth structure than other
restoration materials, and porcelains tend to fracture because
the material is more brittle. Amalgam fillings expand and corrode over time, allowing
bacteria to enter and cause decay. Amalgam fillings contain mercury,
which may be a health concern for some patients.
very best filling material for back teeth is cast gold. If done
properly, little or no gold is displayed (see photos in
Gold . . .?" article), and these fillings can last a lifetime!
The reasons are many. Gold
acts the most like tooth enamel. It has nearly the same rate of expansion
as enamel. Other
materials expand and contract at greater rates than the tooth. Gold
also wears at the same rate as enamel, and it can be highly polished
so decay-causing plaque has a harder time sticking to it. One of
the best things about gold is that less tooth structure has to be
removed to place a filling. It
leaves the tooth in a healthier state. Ask any dentist.
people who see a dentist regularly are most interested in keeping
their teeth and gums healthy. They want to keep their teeth for the rest
of their lives. They don’t want to lose teeth and end up wearing
dentures. There also is a percentage of the population that wants
cosmetic dentistry at any cost and don’t care about the negative
consequences. But that percentage is in the minority.
majority of people who are health conscious, intelligent, reasonable
and thoughtful, like those that read this magazine, choose the
very best when it comes to their health. Gold dental restorations
are the very best fillings that dentistry has to offer.
The idea of fixing your teeth
once is very powerful. Dental procedures are unpleasant and most
patients don’t want to hear that some fillings will only last a few
years. Placing multiple fillings in a tooth over time makes the tooth
weaker and could lead to more dramatic consequences such as root
canal therapy, crowns or extractions. Restoring a tooth once with
a small gold restoration usually eliminates the possibility of
the filling failing, requiring multiple insults to the tooth over
any dentist what material is the very best to fix back teeth and they
should tell you that cast gold is the best. Consider it your material
of choice the next time you visit your dentist, and ask if he or
she has received any specialized training in cast gold procedures.
gold restorations require dedication to precision and meticulous
attention to detail. You
can find this type of high quality care at Newell Dentistry in
Huntingdon Valley, PA or Center City Philadelphia.
Come and experience the difference. Call for an appointment today!