How Your Dentist Can Help You Sleep Better

San Francisco, CA – To get to sleep at night, you’ve probably tried counting sheep. But have you tried a visit to your San Francisco dentist office?

If you wake up in the morning groggy and find yourself sleepy during the day, or if your partner complains about your snoring habit, a visit to your dentist might help. You may suffer from sleep apnea.

CA Sleep Apnea treatmentThe American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that one in five adults suffers from at least a mild form of obstructive sleep apnea. OSA occurs when the throat and tongue relax during sleep, blocking the patient’s airway. A partially blocked airway leads to snoring. If your airway becomes fully blocked it can cause a your breathing to stop for a second, jolting you awake.

“Patients can experience pauses in their breathing that last from 30 to 90 seconds, and they can occur anywhere from five to 30 times an hour,” says Dr. Greg Larson, who is on fellowship track with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. “All of this makes for a restless night, but a lack of sleep can affect your entire body. Your immune system can be lowered, and your concentration and memory can be affected.”

In the past, sleep apnea patients sought out treatment using a CPAP machine. Continuous positive airway pressure therapy is a small machine that delivers a constant supply of air pressure through a hose through a mask or nose piece that the patient wears while sleeping. It can be cumbersome and annoying to wear, but luckily there is an easier option.

Dr. Larson is able to effectively treat patients who suffer from sleep apnea with a comfortable dental orthotic that they wear during sleep. After speaking extensively with other experts, including ENTs, pulmonologists, and sleep medicine specialists, Dr. Larson will determine the best course of action for each of his patients.

Your custom designed sleep appliance will open your upper airway to allow for oxygenation while you sleep. Every appliance is designed to be as comfortable as possible so that you’ll want to wear it every night. Dr. Larson performs neuromuscular tests to ensure each patient is as comfortable as possible with their new sleep appliance.

Your sleep device is not only comfortable, it allows you to drink and speak while it is in place, and even better, you can sleep in your favorite position. With a CPAP machine, your sleeping positions are greatly limited, which can make it hard for some patients to fall asleep.

Additionally, Dr. Larson can discuss with you behaviors that may help lessen your OSA. Losing weight may help lessen the severity of your sleep apnea, as can avoiding heavy meals, alcohol and caffeine before sleep.

If you spent years suffering from sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Dr. Larson and his knowledgeable team today. They can fit you with a custom orthotic and help you get a good night’s sleep again.

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Relax in the Dentist’s Chair with Sedation Dentistry

San Francisco, CA – Are you one of the many Americans who suffers anxiety at the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair? Dentophobia is a real fear thousands of Americans suffer from, but there is a solution. With sedation dentistry, you can have dental work performed painlessly and without the anxiety.

Sedation Dentistry“We use sedation dentistry to help patients who may be a bit fearful of the dentist’s office,” says San Rafael sedation dentist Dr. Greg Larson. “We never want anyone’s oral health to suffer, so sedation offers the ability to help patients get the care they need, whether it be a routine cleaning or a more complex procedure such as a crown or dental implant.”

There are different levels of sedation dentists can use, depending on a patient’s need.

    • Minimal sedation leaves a patient awake and able to respond clearly, but relaxed.
    • Moderate sedation also leaves a patient awake, but he or she may slur their words and probably won’t remember the procedure very well.
    • Deep sedation leaves a patient in a sleepy state, but can be easily awoken.
    • General anesthesia leaves a patient unconscious.

Additionally, there are different types of sedation that can fall into these categories. Most people are familiar with laughing gas, or nitrous oxide. This is an inhaled, minimal type of sedation that helps patients relax. The dentist controls the level of sedation received and it wears off quickly.

Oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. If you require only minimal sedation, you’ll simply take a pill about an hour before your procedure. You’ll be awake, but drowsy. For moderate sedation, you’ll simply receive a slightly larger dose. Patients under moderate sedation are so relaxed they often fall asleep during the procedure, but can be easily awoken.

Moderate sedation can also be given through IV. This allows the drug to work more quickly, while also giving the dentist control over the level of sedation throughout the procedure.

Deep sedation requires medicine that will make you almost unconscious, while general anesthesia will make you completely unconscious. Under general anesthesia, you’ll stay asleep until either the effects wear off or they have been reversed with another medication.

“My patients can rest easy when they are in my office,” says Dr. Larson. “Anxiety and pain free dentistry can be achieved through sedation, and I hold certification from the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Our office offers both nitrous oxide and conscious sedation to ensure our patients can receive the dental work they need, without worry.”

Sedation dentistry is used in patients who suffer from dental anxiety, but can also be used in other patients as well. You are a good candidate if:

    • You have a low threshold for pain.
    • You are fidgety and won’t be able to sit still in the dentist’s chair.
    • You have sensitive teeth.
    • You have a bad gag reflex.
    • You require an extensive amount of dental work.
    • You have special needs.

Sedation dentistry may also be used in children. Sometimes children are scared and refuse to cooperate. Sedation dentistry will allow for the needed work to be completed. Nitrous oxide or oral sedation can safely be used in children when administered by a properly trained dentist.

The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation estimates that about 30 percent of the population avoids the dentist due to fear. And their oral health is suffering because of it. Sedation can help patients reach a relaxed and calm state, allowing necessary dental work to be performed. It has become an important part of most dental practices, and when performed by a well-trained dentist, is safe and effective.

If you’ve been avoiding the dentist due to fear, sedation dentistry can set you at ease. To learn more, call Dr. Larson’s office today.

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Is Your Smile Your Best Feature?

San Francisco, CA – Do you avoid smiling because you’re embarrassed by your less than perfect grin? Study after study shows that a person’s smile is one of the most important features.

You’re never fully dressed without a smile

Very happy young woman, isolatedA Delta Dental study published last year surveyed 1,000 Americans and found that the majority said a smile as the most important physical feature to them. Another study, published several years ago by the American Dental Association, found that 81 percent of the people surveyed listed teeth as their most important factor when determining a person’s attractiveness.

Additional studies have shown that people who smile more are viewed as more trust-worthy, perceived as more likable by co-workers and in some cases, might even make slightly higher salaries than people who don’t smile often.

So what does that mean for you?

“Smiling is important in life, and if you’re embarrassed by your smile, it might actually be holding you back,” says Dr. Greg Larson, a San Francisco dentistry expert. “Crooked, missing or discolored teeth can lead us to be less confident, and that can affect all areas of our lives.”

A study commissioned by Crest Whitestrips, and performed by an independent survey company, found that a whiter smile could lead to a happier, more successful life. The study simulated job interviews and first dates, then surveyed the participants. More than half were more likely to be hired and offered larger salaries after their teeth had been whitened. And those with whiter teeth were also more likely to be asked out on additional dates.

Additionally, after participants’ teeth were whitened, they were viewed to be more confident and outgoing.

Luckily, correcting discolored teeth can be as simple as a quick trip to your dentist’s office.

“Tooth whitening is one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures,” says Dr. Larson. “Any patient who has healthy teeth and gums is a great candidate for whitening. It’s quick and painless, and in just one appointment you can have a noticeably whiter smile.”

Cosmetic dentistry can work wonders to improve a patient’s smile and thus their life, and Dr. Larson is passionate about perfecting the smiles of each of his patients.

The San Francisco veneers specialist is so skilled that other dentists in the area often consult with him on their own patient cases. With Dr. Larson’s skill, he can perfect broken or chipped teeth. Likewise, if you dislike the size, shape or alignment of your teeth, veneers are a great option to give you the smile of your dreams.

Veneers are thin, and because they are made from porcelain, they can be made to match your smile perfectly. Once Dr. Larson expertly applies them, they will function as natural teeth would.

If you’re missing teeth, dental implants are a great option to improve your smile and your oral health. Missing teeth can destabilize your bite, cause your other teeth to shift, and even cause your jawbone to deteriorate. And if you’re missing a tooth or several teeth, you likely don’t smile as often or as big to avoid showing others.

But dental implants can replace a missing tooth or teeth, allowing your mouth to function properly and you to smile more confidently.

If you’re tired of hiding your smile and are ready to confidently face the world, schedule a consultation with Dr. Larson today. He can craft a custom treatment plan to address your needs and help you smile bigger than ever. And you might just find a bit more happiness and success along the way!

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See a Dentist to Relieve TMJ Pain

San Francisco, CA – Do you regularly suffer from migraines, neck pain or jaw pain? If you’ve tried medication and still can’t seem to get relief, it’s time to discover what dental treatment can do to solve your problem.

Ca dentist office“Regular and consistent neck, jaw and head pain can be caused by temporomandibular joint pain,” says Dr. Greg Larson, a Walnut Creek dentist who can relieve your migraines. “Temporomandibular disorder can affect the tendons, ligaments and muscles of your face, as well as your bones, nerves and teeth. Visiting a neuromuscular dentist can relieve a number of issues you may not even realize are associated with your joint.”

Common symptoms associated with TMD are:

    • Pain in or around your ear
    • Jaw tenderness or pain, especially when biting, chewing or yawning
    • Headaches and neck aches
    • Numbness or tingling in your hands
    • Clicking in your jaw
    • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
    • Sensitive teeth, but not other dental problems can be found

If you suffer from any of these, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Larson.

At your appointment, Dr. Larson will us Myotronics K-7 Diagnostic equipment to analyze the relationship between your jaw muscles, joints and teeth. As the only dentist in San Francisco who has the equipment in his office, Dr. Larson uses the advanced scanning equipment to comfortably track the position of your jaw and surrounding muscles. From there, he can determine the optimal position for your bite. Using the information from the scan, Dr. Larson can determine the best diagnosis and create the most effective treatment plan.

In some cases, a dental appliance can be used to treat TMD. A custom neuromuscular orthotic can reposition your bite, which can then relieve your symptoms and prevent further deterioration of your condition.

If you suffer from TMD, it is best to be seen by a neuromuscular dentist for treatment. An over-the-counter nightguard may exacerbate your symptoms. However, a dental orthotic will be custom crafted for you, taking into account the precise ideal resting position of your jaw. Your orthotic from Dr. Larson will reduce stress on the jaw, allow your muscles and joints to function properly.

If you suffer from migraines, neck aches and other unexplained pains, it’s time to get some relief. Call Dr. Larson today.

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Technology in the Dental Office

patient and dentistSan Francisco, CA – If you’re looking for a dentist who stays on the cutting edge of the technology world, San Francisco dentist Dr. Greg Larson is the dentist for you. He knows that by staying up to date on the latest dental technology, he can improve your experience and provide the best treatment options.

“Our office is equipped to provide each of our patients with the best dental experience possible,” says Dr. Larson. “We take the comfort and safety of our patients very seriously, and strive to provide an environment that proves that.”

At your initial consultation, you’ll realize the difference right away. Gone are standard X-rays, they have instead been replaced with digital X-rays. X-rays are an essential part of any dental care, because a visual examination by your dentist can only pick up issues on the surface. Digital radiographs allow Dr. Larson to see what is hidden between the teeth and below the gums.

Digital radiographs are safer for patients because they emit up to 90 percent less radiation than standard radiograph machines. They are also faster and offer much more detailed images than ever before.

Digital X-rays are taken using a small oral camera that can then display the images almost immediately. Dr. Larson and his staff can show the images to their patients, helping them better understand any dental issues they may be facing. The staff can also use the images to educate patients on how to better care for their teeth and gums.

“Patients love digital X-rays because it can help the better understand what we’re talking about,” says Dr. Larson. “And we love them because they offer higher accuracy, allowing us to provide better diagnoses for our patients. We can magnify and zoom in on images, allowing us to see every detail. We can offer more accurate treatment plans because we can literally see almost every detail in a patient’s mouth.”

But that’s not all that Dr. Larson offers. Did you know lasers can be used to promote tissue healing?

Laser dentistry is being used in dental practices like Dr. Larson’s to make treatments both more precise and less painful. These lasers can be used in a variety of everyday procedures and treatments, and they offer patients less bleeding and anxiety, as well as shorter recovery times. Laser therapy offers superior healing ability and is safe for use.

Dr. Larson also offers advanced cavity protection technology. This technology marries perfectly to the digital X-rays to provide the very best in identifying potential dental caries. The technology Dr. Larson uses effectively “hugs” the tooth, bathing it in a safe, near-infrared light that allows him to identify caries. The transillumination technology will make the tooth enamel look transparent, while any carious lesions will appear as dark areas. It offers the highest accuracy in detecting cavities, and also offers an alternative for patients who don’t like X-rays.

Dr. Larson is also a cosmetic dentistry specialist who takes great care to ensure his patients smiles are not just healthy and functional, but beautiful as well. That’s why he works with a Master Ceramist to help ensure the most gorgeous smiles. The Master Ceramist is the only one in the world to have achieved the level of Mastership from the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. If you’re looking to perfect your smile, Dr. Larson and his Master Ceramist craft natural-looking and precise crowns, implants, veneers and other esthetic restorations.

Discover the difference a commitment to technology can make. You’ll experience a higher level of comfort, precision and beauty. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Larson today.

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Revitalize Your Smile With Dental Implants

San Francisco, CA – Have you found yourself hiding your smile because you’re embarrassed by a missing tooth? Discover the power a smile makeover can have and gain back that confidence you’ve lost.

CA dental implant“Teeth can be lost due to injury, accidents, tooth decay or periodontal disease,” says Dr. Greg Larson, a San Francisco cosmetic dentist. “A lost tooth can certainly affect your desire to smile, but it can also affect your oral health. Your bite can destabilize, it can affect how you are able to eat and talk, and your remaining teeth can begin to shift into the open space. You can even face problems with your jawbone deteriorating because there is no longer a tooth to support. Dental implants can improve all of that, but best of all, they can make you happy to smile again.”

What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are essentially replacement roots for teeth. They provide a strong and permanent structure to which a natural looking replacement tooth can be affixed. Dental implants are custom designed to look and feel like your own teeth.

They have completely changed the dentistry world in the last fifteen years, and implants have become standard practice when replacing missing teeth. Depending on the type of implant used, recovery can take anywhere from three to 12 weeks.

Dr. Larson will create an individualized treatment plan and coordinate with an implant surgeon to provide the best oral care possible. Your implant surgeon will place a small titanium post into the jawbone where the missing tooth was. As it heals, the jaw will grow around the post, which secures its position in the jaw.

Once it heals, you’re ready to see Dr. Larson again. He will attach a connector, or abutment, to the post. This will hold the new tooth, or teeth, in place.

Dr. Larson creates a mold of your teeth to help him study your bite so he can create your new teeth to properly fit into your mouth. The replacement tooth, also called a crown, is then attached to the abutment. Your replacement tooth will be colored to match the look of your natural teeth, creating a beautiful and harmonious smile. No one will even be able to tell your new tooth isn’t one of your own.

What are the advantages to dental implants?
“There are so many advantages to dental implants,” says Dr. Larson. “Previously, the only option to replace lost teeth were dentures or bridges. Implants fuse directly into the jawbone, so there’s no chance of your replacement tooth slipping around or accidentally falling out like dentures might.”
If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants provide the most beautiful and natural looking way to replace them. Traditionally, dentists have used bridges to replace missing teeth. While effective, bridges eventually lead to bone loss under the tooth because it is unsupported. Over time, that loss of bone leaves a space or dark spot along your gum line.

Another disadvantage to bridges is that you have to grind down otherwise healthy adjacent teeth to properly anchor the bridgework.

If you have currently been filling in your smile with dentures, you know they can sometimes be uncomfortable and can draw attention to your already embarrassing problem by slipping or even falling out of place.

Dentures can make speech challenging, and can take quite a while for the wearer to get used to. The adhesives used to keep them in place can be messy and hard to properly clean.

With implants, you don’t have to worry about any of the hassle that goes along with bridges or dentures. Implants offer a gorgeous, natural looking and natural feeling answer to perfect your smile.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Implant patients should be healthy enough for an extraction or oral surgery. Your gums should be healthy and you need enough bone to adequately hold the implant in place. Heavy smokers, patients with uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, and patients who have had neck or head radiation are not good candidates for dental implants.

What can a dental implant do for me?
Dental implants will improve your appearance because they look and feel like permanent teeth. And when you are happier with your appearance, your confidence will increase. Dental implants can help you gain back the smile you lost when you lost your tooth.

Not only that, they can improve your overall oral health. With a newly reinforced bite, you’ll be able to properly care for your teeth and gums, and no longer have to worry about any issues that can come up when you have missing teeth in your mouth.

If you’re ready to smile again, contact Dr. Larson today. After a consultation, he can create a custom treatment plan designed to give you back your gorgeous grin.

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The Benefits of Invisalign

San Francisco, CA – Are you embarrassed by your less than perfect smile and wish there was some way to straighten your teeth or close a large gap without drawing more attention to the problem? Invisalign can give you your dream smile, comfortably and discretely.

“When it was introduced, Invisalign took the orthodontics world by storm, and with good reason,” says San Francisco dentist Dr. Greg Larson. “Patients love it because they can get the smiles they’ve always wanted, without the hassle of regular braces. And cosmetic dentistry experts love it because it provides incredible results.”

CA InvisalignWhat do patients love most about Invisalign?

Invisalign is discrete, making it a wonderful option for adult patients. If you’ve spent an entire lifetime being embarrassed by your smile, the last thing you want is to draw more attention to your crooked teeth with a mouth full of metal. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that allow you to get the smile you deserve, without anyone even knowing.

Invisalign is comfortable. Each set of aligners is custom designed for you and your unique orthodontic issues. They are made of a smooth plastic and are comfortable to wear for the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day.

Invisalign is removable. Not only are the aligners comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, they can also be removed. That means there is no need to make changes to your diet or your oral care routine. You don’t have to worry about the embarrassing problem of getting food stuck in the brackets or wires of your braces. And you don’t have to spend extra time ensuring you reach all the nooks and crannies those brackets and wires create in your mouth when brushing. Simply pop the aligners out when eating, brushing and flossing and go about your routine as normal.

What does Dr. Larson love about Invisalign?

The answer is quite simple – because it provides excellent results. Studies have shown that gentle, consistent force is the best to guide teeth into their ideal locations. Invisalign uses a modern approach to straightening teeth, and allows for precise tooth movements.

At your consultation, Dr. Larson will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth. Those will then be used to create a digital 3-D image which will allow Dr. Larson to create a precise treatment plan that lays out the exact movements of your teeth.

Dr. Larson can then use this technology to show you exactly how your teeth will move during each phase of treatment, including the final result, and can give you an estimation of how long treatment should last. And because of this, Dr. Larson has more control than ever before over treatment.

If you’ve been embarrassed by your smile, now is the time to discover the difference Invisalign can make. Once your treatment is completed, you’ll want to smile more than ever before. Get the gorgeous smile you deserve – schedule a consultation with Dr. Larson today.

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Get a Smile Makeover with Veneers

Venneers in CASan Francisco, CA – Do you shy away from smiling because you aren’t happy with the way your teeth look? It’s time to discover what porcelain veneers can do for you.

“If your teeth are discolored, chipped, broken, misaligned, or you have gaps you’d like to correct, we can help,” says San Francisco cosmetic dentist Dr. Greg Larson. “Veneers can easily correct these problems and give you the smile you’ve always wanted.”

What exactly is a veneer? Quite simply, it’s a thin, laminate shell for your tooth. It’s handcrafted like jewelry by a master ceramist and made of exquisite porcelain material that is colored to mimic your natural teeth, and covers the front surface of the tooth. Veneers can be used to change the color, shape, size or even length of your teeth.

There are multiple advantages to using porcelain veneers, including:

    • They offer a more natural-looking appearance
    • Porcelain is tolerated well.
    • They are stain resistant.
    • They can provide a whiter smile.
    • They don’t require the extensive work that crowns do, but offer a strong and more esthetically pleasing result.

What’s the procedure for getting veneers placed?
At a consultation appointment, you’ll discuss with Dr. Larson’s smile team, the result you would like to have. Then, Dr. Larson will explain the procedure and take radiographs, cosmetic photography, virtual records and a gorgeous smile simulation for you to preview which helps him create your perfect smile.

Next, your teeth will be readied for the preparation phase. To make the dental veneers look as natural as possible in your mouth, Dr. Larson will gently remove thin amounts of enamel, often less than a millimeter to make room for the porcelain. A local anesthetic will be used to keep the area comfortable and numb.

Then, Dr. Larson will take an impression that will be sent to a master dental ceramist, who will in turn create your customized veneers. In about one to two weeks, your veneers will be ready to place on. The new beauty does not stop there. You are provided with a provisional ‘trial smile’ of resin veneers that are nearly as attractive as the porcelain being fabricated that will allow you to preview the often life-changing result.

Once the ceramist has sent your finished veneers to Dr. Larson’s office, it will be time to bond them to your teeth. Dr. Larson will ensure proper fit, shape and the color matches before adhesively bonding to your teeth.
To ensure your tooth is ready to hold the veneer, the tooth is cleaned, polished and then roughened to allow for a stronger bond. Color correct medical grade adhesive will be applied, and then the veneer is placed directly on the tooth. After it is positioned, Dr. Larson will apply a special beam of light that hardens the adhesive

He’ll then smooth and shape the smile to perfection. You’ll then be appointed a few days later for a complimentary portrait photography gift and smile review so Dr. Larson can ensure your new smile is functioning properly.

If you’ve been dreaming of a smile makeover don’t hesitate any longer. Call. Dr. Larson’s office today and learn how porcelain veneers can help you.

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Correcting a Gummy Smile

General Dentistry CASan Francisco, CA – Do you think your smile shows too much of your gums, but didn’t think there was a way to correct it? With laser gum recontouring, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted.

“If you have what you consider to be a gummy smile, we can certainly help,” says Dr. Greg Larson, a San Francisco dentist. “The procedure used to involve surgery, but thanks to advanced technology, a laser can give you the smile you want in a safe, easy and virtually pain-free procedure.”

You may have beautifully straight teeth, but a gum line that makes your teeth look too small. In turn, you might feel self-conscious about your smile. With laser gum recontouring, you can smile proudly.

Lasers emit light that targets the tissue. As the light enters the tissue, it converts to heat, causing a photo-thermal reaction. This results in microscopic vaporization, of the tissue the laser is targeting.

During the laser treatment, Dr. Larson will apply a local anesthetic to the area of the gums being treated. The laser will then remove the unhealthy gum tissue. This will raise the gum line to expose more of the tooth, resulting in a more appealing smile. The laser works to seal all the blood vessels and nerve endings, which means there is little to no blood and a very fast recovery time. It also means less chance of infection.

There are multiple advantages to using a laser, one of which is its ease. For patients with smaller amounts of tissue to be removed, the procedure can last as little as 15 minutes.

Patients may experience swollen or sore gums for a few days following the procedure, but discomfort should be minimal and should not interfere with your regular activities.

If you’ve been embarrassed to smile because of your gummy smile, now is the time to visit Dr. Larson for a consultation to learn what laser gum recontouring can do for you. Patients who have uneven gums or gums that cover a significant amount of their teeth are ideal candidates.

During your consultation, Dr. Larson will examine your mouth, taking digital images and X-rays to ensure your teeth are healthy and you don’t have any underlying issues. Once your consultation is finished, Dr. Larson will be ready to reshape your gum line, giving you a more beautiful and symmetrical smile.

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The Cons of Amalgam Fillings

San Francisco, CA – In recent years, some people have raised concerns over the use of metal fillings, also called amalgam fillings. But is there really a reason to worry about their safety?

“Concern over amalgam fillings came to a head a year or so ago when TV host Dr. Oz expressed his opinion that they are dangerous for people’s health,” says Dr. Greg Larson, a San Francisco dentistry expert. “He expressed his concern that metal fillings could be toxic due to the trace amounts of mercury found in them. However, the FDA has found no cause for health issues caused by these fillings.”

CavityBut, many dentists, including Dr. Larson, have stopped using amalgam fillings precisely because they contain mercury. Why is that?

“While the mercury filling debate continues, it does have several other drawbacks,” says Dr. Larson. “Your mouth is host to lots of different temperatures, based on the food and drinks you consume. And mercury varies in volume based on temperature. That means your fillings will expand and shrink based on the temperature in your mouth.”

Why is that a cause for concern? The constant swelling and shrinking can cause pain, and in some cases, even cracked teeth. That can then lead to needing more extensive dental treatment, such as crowns or root canals.

Dr. Larson instead uses composite fillings that match the color of your natural teeth. The composite will remain strong and solid in varied temperatures. Composite fillings can be very small and can adapt to the shape of any cavity. They come in a variety of colors guaranteed to match your natural smile.

Many patients wonder if they should have their metal fillings replaced with new composite ones. While there is not definitive answer to this, there are several things to keep in mind.

    • Metal fillings may hide cavities. Even with X-rays, dentists may be only seeing up to 85 percent of a tooth that has a metal filling in it. That means decay and cavities could be hiding.
    • Metal fillings can cause your teeth to crack. Silver fillings do not strengthen teeth, in fact, they work more like a wedge. When you bite down, the weight is distributed to the remaining parts of your tooth, which over time, can result in cracks.
    • Silver fillings tarnish and corrode, leaching into the natural tooth, which darkens the tooth unnaturally.

If you take your dental health seriously, it may be worth discussing with your dentist if he suggests replacing your metal fillings. For some, they prefer to handle dental issues as they arise, while others choose a more pro-active approach. But no matter which you choose, it’s important to brush and floss daily, and maintain all regularly scheduled dental check-ups.

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