Amalgam vs. composite fillings:
The major difference between composite and amalgam fillings is the material used. Dental amalgam is a blend of several metals, including mercury and silver. Resin composites are made from ceramic and plastic compounds. (Many people prefer this type of filling because it does not contain mercury. Also, because it is tooth-colored.) Resin fillings generally will cost more than amalgam, which can make the cost of the service higher than for a comparable amalgam filling.
Removable Implant Appliances vs. Fixed Implant Supported Dentures
Dental Excellence also offers a variety of full dentures that may or may not be supported by implants. The removable implant appliance has the advantage of easy cleaning. The fixed implant supported full denture is much more difficult to clean, but has the advantage of staying in the mouth 24/7. For full dentures, whenever possible, we like to use a little cutter bar that is called a VO posterior. This makes for a very efficient chewing apparatus. This is a top-of-the-line option that is used by permission of the patient.
ARESTIN® is an effective time released antibiotic treatment that comes in powder form. This powder is placed inside an infected periodontal pocket directly to the affected area. It provides a much more localized form of treating bacteria. Anyone suffering from periodontal disease who is not allergic to this type of antibiotic may be a good candidate for Arestin treatments.