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By Michael A. White DDS
December 17, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

Your Chehalis dentist offers a variety of different dental fillings. Find out which is right for your smile.

If you are faced with a cavity, don’t feel too defeated. In fact, almost 100 percent of people will experience a cavity at some point in their lives. No matter how well we brush and floss, sometimes cavities still happen. After your Chehalis dentist removes the decay he will then place a dental filling over that part of the tooth to protect it. There are several types of dental fillings, and it’s important to Fillingsknow the pros and cons of each kind so you can opt for one that fits your smile needs.

Gold: Gold fillings offer durability, boasting a lifespan of up to 15 years. Another bonus is that they are also non-corrosive. Some patients may even find that they like the look of gold fillings even more than silver amalgam fillings; however, gold fillings can often cost significantly more than silver fillings can and it may take multiple dental visits to get the proper fit.

Silver Amalgam: Silver fillings also tout a sturdiness that is similar to gold fillings but with a more appealing price tag. The major drawback is that a silver filling isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing and some patients may be turned off by the appearance.

Composite: These tend to be the most popular type of dental fillings because they are made from a tooth-colored material. However, while it does promise a better look, composite fillings are certainly not as durable as metal ones and won’t last as long (the average lifespan of a composite filling is about five years). Composites are also more expensive than silver fillings but still less expensive than gold ones.

Ceramic: These fillings are often made from porcelain and while they are both strong and match the rest of your teeth, they can cause some unnecessary wear and tear on surrounding teeth, particularly if the porcelain becomes too rough.

Glass ionomers: This isn’t one of them more common dental fillings; however, this glass and acrylic filling can be a great option for children whose teeth are still developing. Plus, these fillings have the ability to release fluoride, which can promote a healthier smile. However, these fillings only last about five years, on average.

You should also consider your dental insurance when you weigh the pros and cons of which dental filling you want to get. For some patients the cost of their filling can be a major factor in the decision-making process. If you have any questions about your upcoming filling don’t hesitate to call your Chehalis dentist today. We want to give you the smile that looks and feels best for you.

By Michael A. White DDS
December 02, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Exam   Dental Checkup  
Dental Exam ImageIt might be cold outside, but it doesn’t mean you can neglect your dental health.
While winter won’t officially greet us until December 21st, 2014, we all are preparing as much as possible. It’s amazing how quickly we head from Halloween to Thanksgiving and then to the winter holidays. Time seems to fly by; however, while you’re also shopping for holiday gifts and stuffing the turkey also remember to take some time out for your health. Be thankful for your health this year by making sure you see your dentist in Chehalis this winter.

How often should I see my dentist?

We recommend coming in for dental exams and cleanings every six months. We know that when it gets cold out, it’s harder to want to go outside; however, you’ll be glad you did when you get a clean bill of health, a brighter smile for the holidays and you don’t have to spend your present-buying money on dental work.

Why should I see my dentist this winter?

There are a variety of reasons why you should see your dentist in Chehalis besides just coming in for your routine checkup. If you are experiencing a dental emergency or any kind of pain, you need to come in for a visit right away. This could be a sign of an infection or decay and in order to save your tooth we need to act fast.
Also, as the winter months approach we will welcome the dreaded cold and flu season. While we love the smell of gingerbread and pine trees in the air we will also notice the smell of menthol, as well. That’s become most people go to cough drops when they get sick (after all, no one wants to be hacking all day at work). However, research has shown a link between cough drops and cavities. You might not know it but some cough drops are full of sugar, which can wreak havoc on your teeth. Even the sugar-free kinds still contain ingredients that promote cavities, so it’s important to keep up with your biannual visits.
While we’re on the subject of sugar, should we remind you about all the sugar that tends to be consumed during the holiday season? From Christmas cookies to Thanksgiving pies, it seems that winter welcomes sugary snacks with open arms; however, your smile ends up taking the brunt of it. That’s why it’s imperative that you properly care for your teeth by adopting good hygiene and seeing your Chehalis dentist. Enjoy yourself this holiday season, but also give your teeth some TLC.

Make An Appointment Today!

We know the holidays are a busy time; that’s why we work with you to give you an appointment that fits into your schedule. Call us today to schedule your upcoming appointment, even if it isn’t until winter. You may be more likely to stick to your visit if you already have one scheduled!