BPA Free Dental Fillings

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It can be hard to know if our teeth are at risk for decay. Decay can be silent and most definitely has a way of sneaking up on us and our teeth. If you have experienced tooth decay, it was probably recommended that you get a filling. This filling that is placed prevents the decay from becoming worse. If you are asking yourself if you can have a safer dental filling placed, the answer is, yes! You can get a safer dental filling. Ceramic, BPA free dental fillings not only look good, but they are entirely functional, too.

Indeed, BPA free dental fillings do exist. This type of filling is a composite or tooth-colored filling that does not contain BPA (Bisphenol A, a chemical that is commonly found in clear plastics).  Curious if a “dentist Lincoln, NE” even uses BPA free dental fillings? We can’t speak for every dental clinic in town because they are all different but it is with certainty that we know Nebraska Family Dentistry uses only the safest, most up-to-date materials.

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Why Even Get A BPA Free Dental Filling?

When a tooth or teeth develop decay, the damage becomes worse over time. By removing any decay, and placing a filling, it is at that point the growth of decay is stopped and dental infection can be prevented.

For many years, dentists used amalgam mercury fillings. These fillings were known to contain harmful heavy metals such as mercury. Besides, these fillings were known to expand and contract over time causing fractures and cracks in people’s teeth.

Now, with composite, BPA free dental fillings, amalgam mercury fillings have become a thing of the past in all Nebraska Family Dentistry Dental clinics. Not only have BPA free dental fillings become a solution for repairing decay but they have also become a cosmetic solution. Using BPA free dental fillings ensures your overall health and well-being. Also, your teeth will appear completely natural,  as those white fillings match the beauty of natural teeth

While there are several different types of dental fillings, BPA free dental fillings, or composite fillings are the top choice for many. Glass ionomers can be used and are helpful in stopping the spread of decay below the gumline. Glass ionomers can also be used in specific circumstances, on small children and are considered mercury and metal free. Glass ionomers dental fillings do not withstand chewing forces and crack easily, making them a less than  ideal solution for repairing dental decay.

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What About Amalgam/ Mercury Fillings?

Amalgam fillings are not considered BPA free dental fillings and do pose certain health risks to anyone who elects to have them used. While these metal fillings are still widely used, the demand for them to stop being used is growing now that the dangers are more understood. If you have metal fillings, it is possible to have them removed and replaced. Actually, it is recommended. The risks of having amalgam fillings, far outweigh the benefits.

While there may be some dangers of amalgam fillings that are not yet understood, it is known that there is a menagerie of health problems that can and have been linked to the presence of these heavy metals in the mouth. Another part of having an amalgam filling placed is that it requires a more significant amount of tooth removal versus having BPA free dental fillings placed.

There are several dentists in Lincoln, NE and it can be hard to find affordable dental care. That’s where Nebraska Family Dentistry stands out. They offer many solutions to help make your smile healthy, safe, and beautiful. They use BPA free dental fillings to ensure your health. Not only do they want your smile to look good but they know there are many added benefits to using BPA free dental fillings. BPA free dental fillings can be used to help strengthen teeth and give a natural appearance.

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These sound like the perfect option. How much are BPA free dental fillings?

Just like any other dental procedure the cost of BPA free dental fillings can vary widely. The cost is based on many factors because everyone’s mouth is different. The best way to know what the cost will be is to set up an appointment for a consultation. At that appointment, the dentist can assess your situation, determine potential treatment, and provide an estimate that is specific to your needs. Also, dental insurance may help cover the cost and placement of fillings.

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How Do I Know If My Dental Insurance Will Cover The Placement Of BPA Dental Fillings?

To keep it simple, insurance will be more likely to cover the placement of fillings if you take good care of your teeth. Some insurances have limitations and frequencies, meaning that they may only pay up to a certain amount per year and that you can have some things done within a specified period. Insurance can be complicated-we all know that, and dental insurance is different than medical insurance. Nebraska Family Dentistry trains every member of their team so that they can, in turn, help you understand.

How much are BPA dental fillings in Lincoln, NE without dental insurance?

If you don’t have insurance, don’t worry! Any dental clinic at Nebraska Family Dentistry also partners with Lincoln Dental Plans. With the help of dental discount plans, affordable dental care might be closer than you thought.  We all deserve good healthcare, and we shouldn’t let insurance dictate what we can and can’t do — advocate for yourself. You will be happier because you did!

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Where can I find a dentist near me that places BPA free dental fillings?

Our Lincoln dentists at all Nebraska Family Dentistry dental clinic have BPA Free Dental fillings for you to choose for your dental work.

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What are the signs of tooth decay?

One sign of tooth decay that can be seen clinically is discoloring (brown, gray, black) of the tooth. Bad smelling breath that is persistent, even with brushing, flossing, and using a mouthwash, is also a sign there may be tooth decay. As tooth decay progresses to the inner layers of the tooth, decay can even start to cause pain. Hot and cold sensitivity are also common symptoms of tooth decay.

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Do Cavities hurt? But What is a cavity?

In our mouth, at any given time, tons of different bacteria can be found. Brushing, flossing, rinsing, and visiting the dentist regularly will help disrupt that bacteria to stop cavities from forming. Keeping a healthy diet and staying active will also help to prevent cavities from occurring.  

A cavity is where bacteria has entered a tooth and has caused permanent damage to that tooth. Cavities can be small and fixed with a tooth-colored filling. Larger fillings that reach the inner layers of the tooth may need to be treated with a root canal and a crown, sometimes they may even need to be extracted, and more permanent replacement options need to be discussed.

When a cavity reaches the inner layers of the tooth, they can be very painful. Sensitivity to hot and cold are very common.  

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If I have a cavity that does hurt, do I need a root canal?

Once a cavity progresses to the inner layers of the tooth and becomes too large to replace with a tooth-colored filling is when we look at the need for a root canal and a crown. Typically, a cavity will not start to hurt until it has reached the deep inner layer of the tooth, also called the nerve of the tooth.

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Nebraska Family Dentistry has dental clinic locations in all parts of Lincoln! Choose “near me dentist” location that is convenient for you.