I’m wondering if removing my old metal fillings is something a general Elgin dentist can do. I had about six of them placed in my youth and early 20s, but I’m in my 50s now and would like them gone. I’m not 100% sold on the supposed health benefits of it yet, but I don’t like the look of them for sure and I think it’s time they went. I’ve read stuff online about going to see a naturopathic doctor for help with this, but I’d really prefer to just get set up with a regular Elgin dentist I can stay with for everything. Is that possible?
This is a great question—one that gets asked a lot. Yes, you can have this done at a general or family practice. We’ll explore this and a few other things most people don’t know their office can do below.
As a mercury-free dentist, Dr.Sirin uses tooth-colored fillings as much as possible, rather than the amalgam (metal) fillings often used. He also routinely removes old metal fillings and replaces them with white ones. While there’s no official evidence to suggest metal filings are unsafe, many people have this done because their older fillings don’t look nice or have deteriorated.
Those who “cater to cowards” take special care to create a warm, welcoming, and relaxing environment. Some will also use things like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and other medications to help set anxious patients at ease during treatment.
You may have heard of CEREC crowns. This refers to a specific brand of crowns that can be made and placed in a single visit to the office. There are other brands, such as E4D, which some doctors feel provide superior results. Either way, the work is done in one visit, rather than the standard two, with two weeks between.
While more serious cases still get referred out to an orthodontist, most people can have their orthodontic needs seen to by their regular office. A big part of this is Invisalign, which makes use of clear aligners to straighten teeth.
When people are missing teeth, it can result in a host of issues, ranging from low self-esteem to difficulty eating and will even result in the person looking older than they are. The right solution is different for everyone. If you have no teeth at all, you may want regular dentures or implant-supported dentures for the extra stability and comfort. Dental implants, bridges, and partial dentures are other viable options for those missing one or more teeth.
This blog is sponsored by Elgin dentist, Dr. Steve Sirin. As a comprehensive family practice, Sirin Dentistry provides all these services and more. Give the office a call if you’d like to schedule a new patient exam.