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Amalgam or â€œsilver fillingsâ€ have been getting a great deal of negative
press lately. From its alleged effects on the body to the fact that they
are not tooth colored amalgam seems like a pretty lousy restorative
However the truth is that amalgam when used properly is one of the longest
lasting restorations in the mouth. The average amalgam placed in the mouth
has a life-span of around 15-20 years. A composite or tooth colored
restoration has a life-span of only 8-10 years. Amalgams also have a
superior wear resistance as well as compressive strength to composite and in
many cases are more appropriate to place in posterior teeth. Furthermore
amalgam is in many cases much more affordable than composite restorations.
The ADA has been studying the effects of amalgam on the body for decades and
currently there is no data to support the claim that amalgam has deleterious
health effects despite what many may claim.
At Dr Leff Weiss and Waldee we believe that amalgam has been and still is a
very good restorative material when placed properly. Although it has itâ€™s
limitations in cosmetically sensitive areas, amalgam is a long-lasting,
strong, and affordable alternative to composite.
Root canals have really had a bad rap over the years. Almost every other nightmare dental story you may have heard involves a root canal. We at Dr. Leff Weiss and Waldee understand the stigma root canals have received over the years and believe that your root canal experience doesn`t have to be a bad one. At Dr Leff Weiss and Waldee we use the latest technology in the preparation and completion of root canals so your root canal can be completed in one visit. What this means for our patients is, less time in the dental chair and less pain post operatively. So if you need a root canal in the future you can rest easy with Dr’s Leff Weiss and Waldee
The cost of dentistry over the years has kept pace with economic growth and
inflation. Compensation from dental insurance companies however has not
changed since the 1960′s. This can make paying for your dentistry a bit of
a chore. We at Dr Leff Weiss and Waldee understand this concern and proudly
offer Care Credit Financing. Care Credit is a fully portable line of credit
that qualified patients can use to finance the cost of their dentistry.
Care credit is portable meaning it can be used for any member of your family
not only at our office but at any dental, medical, or veterinary office that
accepts Care Credit. With Care Credit dental care is easily affordable.
Wisdom teeth have been a dental problem for hundreds of years. Essentially,
wisdom teeth are a part of our bodies that we no longer use. Often times
when wisdom teeth grow in the simply do not have the room in the jaw to grow
in properly. This means that a majority of wisdom teeth out there are
impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth can sometimes hurt and in severe cases
become infected. We at Dr Leff Weiss and Waldee believe in preventing these
and other problems before they start by extracting impacted wisdom teeth.
We currently have an oral surgeon on staff who is trained in the latest
techniques of IV sedation and wisdom tooth extraction ensuring your wisdom
tooth procedure will be a positive experience.
In an effort to stay ahead of the technology curve we at Dr Leff Weiss and
Waldee have added digital radiography to our office. Digital radiography is
a new way of taking x-rays. The sensor uses on tenth of the radiation of a
normal x-ray ensuring the least amount of exposure possible with no
compromise to the diagnostic result. The x-rays produced by digital
radiography also can be analyzed to a much greater degree than normal x-rays
allowing us to zoom in and diagnose problems long before they start.
Ever have a tooth that hurts when you bite down on something hard? This
could be a sign of cracked tooth syndrome. A cracked tooth can very in
severity from a very mild crack which produces only minor discomfort upon
biting something hard to a severe crack which produces spontaneous pain.
Treatment of a cracked tooth also varies in accordance with the severity.
This means the tooth may be treated with something as simple as a bonded
restoration to something more involved like a root canal and crown. If you
feel you have a cracked tooth make an appointment with Dr Leff Weiss and
Waldee for an evaluation today.
We all have them. Some of us have more than others. So what are they and
how do they form?
Basically a cavity is a bacterial infection in your tooth. The native
bacteria living in each of our mouths feed off the simple sugars that we eat
throughout the day. As a by-product of digesting this sugar these bacteria
excrete a strong acid called lactic acid. It is this lactic acid that
erodes away the surfaces of our teeth and eventually causes decay.
Fortunately the solution has remained very simple and unchanged for decades.
Brushing your teeth regularly is the single best way to prevent decay.
Tooth brushing physically removes the bacteria from the teeth. If they are
not on your teeth when they produce the acid the cavities don’t form!
Another way to limit the bacterial activity in your mouth is to deny them
their food source. Limiting the amount of simple sugars you ingest, things
like candy, sodas, and some starches, keeps the lactic acid level in your
mouth below the cavity forming threshold.
Of course once cavities form it is the dentist’s job to fix it with a
restoration or filling. However prevention of further decay begins with
good oral hygiene and diet practices. Although it is very important to have
all of your existing cavities restored the most important aspect of your
dental health is the daily discipline you cultivate. Remember the power of
a winning smile and healthy teeth lies within YOU.
If it has been a long time since you been to the dentist make and appointment today.