BPA Free Dental Fillings: Your Biological dentist in Lincoln, NE explains

BPA free dental fillings by biological dentist in Lincoln NE

Tooth decay can be silent and most definitely has a way of sneaking up on us and our teeth. If you have experienced tooth decay (cavity,) 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. Composite, BPA free dental fillings not only look good, but they are entirely functional, too.

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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 the safest, most up-to-date materials.

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Why Even Get A BPA Free Dental Filling? Your dentist in Lincoln, NE answers

When a tooth or teeth develop decay, the damage becomes worse over time. Your dentist in Lincoln, NE says that 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, yes, even Lincoln dentists, used amalgam mercury fillings. These fillings are known to contain harmful heavy metals such as mercury. Besides, these fillings are 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. 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? Your dentist in Lincoln, NE answers

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, you may consider to have them removed and replaced.

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.

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

Nebraska Family Lincoln dentists offer affordable dental care. At our dental clinics located around Lincoln, we offer many payment solutions to help make your smile healthy, safe, and beautiful.

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. An excellent way to know what the cost will be is to set up an appointment for a consultation. At that appointment, your Lincoln dentist can assess your situation, determine potential treatment, and provide an estimate that is specific to your needs. Also, dental insurance most likely help cover the cost and placement of fillings.

How Can I learn more about the toxicity of mercury fillings?

Check out following links to learn more about the risks of mercury fillings on your overall health.

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

To keep it simple, insurance will be more likely to cover the placement of fillings. 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 treatment coordinators can help you understand your insurance plan.

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

If you don’t have insurance, don’t worry! Every dental clinic of Nebraska Family Dentistry partners with Lincoln Dental Plans. With the help of dental discount plans, affordable dental care might be closer than you think. We all deserve good healthcare, and we shouldn’t let insurance dictate what we can and can’t do — check out Lincoln Dental Plans accepted by all of our dentists in Lincoln, NE.

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

Our Lincoln dentists at 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 discomfort. Your dentist in Lincoln, NE also says that you might notice hot and cold sensitivity. Both are 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 your dentist in Lincoln, NE 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. When a cavity reaches the inner layers of the tooth, they can cause a great amount of discomfort. Sensitivity to hot and cold are very common with bigger cavities.  Larger cavities 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. Not every tooth is a candidate for a root canal. Learn about the safety of root canals here.

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If I have a cavity that does hurt, do I need a root canal? Your Dentist in Lincoln, NE answers

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. If this happens, a root canal procedure may be recommended. Not every root canal is safe and not every tooth is appropriate for a root canal. Learn about the safety of a root canal here.

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Dr. Kathryn Alderman

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This article is written by your dentist in Lincoln, NE, Dr. Kathryn Alderman.

Dr. Kathryn Alderman is a member of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology with the link to IAOMT

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