Fillings protect your teeth from further damage. In the past, metallic fillings were used. These had good properties except for the fact that they were highly visible. Today, tooth-colored fillings can be used to restore your teeth without giving away the fact that you had cavities. This can lead to a more attractive smile and greater confidence for you.
Dr. Debra Cederbaum has been practicing as a general dentist in Seattle for nearly 30 years, and in that time she has placed countless fillings of all types. Her training, practice, and compassionate approach can lead to a better experience for you. To learn more about the advantages Dr. Cederbaum offers, please call 206-524-1314 or email us today.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings—sometimes also called white fillings–come in two different types: composite fillings and ceramic fillings.
Composite fillings are a combination of plastic and either ceramic or glass inclusions that add strength. They start as a paste which is then spread on your prepared tooth. Once it’s in place, a curing light causes changes in the plastic and the paste hardens. Once hardened, the filling is polished to give a radiant luster.
For large or deep fillings, it may be necessary to place several layers of filling to ensure proper hardening. This is the same material that is used in a dental bonding procedure.
Ceramic fillings are made of the same type of advanced ceramic as porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Once your tooth is prepared, an impression is taken which is then used to create a ceramic inlay or onlay that fits your tooth perfectly. Highly durable, these fillings also have the same color and luster as your natural tooth material.
What about Metal Fillings?
Metal fillings, called metal amalgam because they are actually a combination of many different metals, are still the right choice in some cases. These fillings have become less popular because they are unattractive.
Some people will tell you these fillings are bad because they contain mercury. They do contain mercury, and mercury is toxic, but extensive reviews by the American Dental Association and the Food and Drug Administration have not found evidence linking these fillings to any health problems.
Dr. Cederbaum believes in always giving patients the best care, and that means utilizing all the tools available. Sometimes you have a filling that would benefit from the properties of metal amalgam, and in that case we will recommend an amalgam filling. The final decision is yours, of course.
Do You Need a Dental Crown?
Sometimes decay or damage to a tooth is extensive and the tooth is no longer structurally sound. In this case, a dental crown can be used to give the tooth more support. This is often done if you have had a previous filling that failed because of decay around the filling.
If you are in need of a filling, please contact us today for an appointment at our dental office in Seattle today.