Are the old silver fillings dangerous and are composite fillings better than silver? ?

For years dentists have been using silver-mercury amalgam fillings to restore decayed or broken teeth. Silver-mercury isn’t dangerous however when discolored significantly impacts the look of your smile. Today the more esthetic and more economical way to restore teeth in the Tamarac and Coral Springs area is to use tooth-colored resin fillings. The resin is made up of glass particles in a plastic matrix. It bonds the putty-like material to the tooth with a high-intensity light. The light helps to harden the material and allows it to be shaped and polished. The tooth has a natural appearance and is actually stronger than before due to the strength of the adhesive agent used to bond the resin to the tooth. Resin restorations not only look better, but they are stronger and can last longer than the old silver-amalgam fillings.

How do I fix my fillings that turn black? ?

Many people in South Florida, and specifically in the Coral Springs and Tamarac area have had silver fillings placed into their teeth because they had “cavities”. These silver fillings are called amalgams. An amalgam fills the area of the tooth where the decay in the tooth has been removed. Unfortunately over time, the amalgam corrodes and leaks which can blacken the silver, and many times the tooth as well. This can be easily seen as soon as a patient opens their mouth and is usually a source of embarrassment. One answer to this embarrassment is to replace these amalgams with a composite material. Composite fillings are made of a porcelain-like material that actually bonds to the tooth for a tight seal. They are strong and stain-resistant, and they are color-matched to the natural tooth, making them “invisible”. Composite fillings also lack the sensitivity that is often associated with silver amalgam fillings. They are especially suited for smaller cavities and for Tamarac area patients who may be allergic to metal fillings.

If my medication is causing dry mouth, what can I do? ?

If you can’t change your medication, here are some helpful remedies: Drink plenty of fluids Suck on crushed ice Use a synthetic saline or oral moisturizer such as Oralbalance, Salivant or Mouthkote. While you’re at it, check out the rinses, toothpastes and toothbrushes designed for dry mouth. One brand is Biotene. For instant relief, try Breathtech, a slippery spray with a dash of fluoride. Finally, there are several drugs designed to relieve dryness. Salagin and Evoxac, as well as Aricept and Reminyl are new Alzheimer’s drugs that are also being prescribed for actors and public speakers.

What causes snoring? ?

An estimated 20% of the adult population snores. Some causes, contributing factors and side effects are: A crowded upper airway due to a large tongue, tonsils or uvula. Obesity. While not actually a cause in itself, it may play an important role in the development of sleep apnea where breathing is interrupted for a minimum of ten seconds hundreds of times per night. Excessive relaxation of the throat muscles during sleep. This causes the airway to cave in, periodically collapse, and temporarily restrict breathing. Contributing factors are consumption of alcohol, sleeping pills and anxiety medications known as benzodiazepines (Valium and Temazipam are prime examples).

What is gum disease? ?

A serious gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone.Periodontitis is common but fairly preventable. The cause is usually poor oral hygiene. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. It's a risk factor for heart and lung diseases. Symptoms include swollen, red, and tender gums. Treatment includes professionally cleaning the pockets around teeth to prevent damage to surrounding bone. Advanced cases may require surgery.

What I am able to eat after teeth whitening treatment ?

For the following 24 hours After Treatment you must: Avoid any dark staining drinks like Tea, Coffee, Red Wine, colored soft or alcoholic drinks and fruit juice. Avoid all dark staining foods like marinara sauce, soy sauce, red meat, chocolate and all fruit except bananas. Avoid any foods or drinks that would leave a stain on a white shirt. No Smoking for 24 hours, smoking a cigarette within the first 24 Hours will stain your teeth Moderate use of electronic cigarettes is OK. Avoid colored toothpaste (red or blue) or Mouthwash for 24 hours.

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