Dental fillings are an important line of defense and key to restoring the healthy function of teeth that have become damaged by cavities and decay. In the past, dental fillings were made of amalgam (silver-mercury) material. Amalgam fillings are unsightly and cause tooth cracks and fractures over time. However, modern advances in dentistry now allow dentists to treat cavities and other oral health issues with tooth colored fillings made of composite resin. Not only are these modern restorations stronger and more durable than past fillings, they also allow patients to achieve a seamless, more attractive smile. Dr. Kelley Fisher prides herself on offering the best dental techniques and treatment options, including BPA-free and mercury-free tooth colored restorations.
When Are Composite Restorations Used?
Tooth colored restorations play an important role in maintaining or improving the health and beauty of a smile. Dr. Fisher uses tooth colored restorations for the following reasons:
- Filling cavities
- Replacing silver (amalgam) fillings
- Fixing chipped or broken teeth
The Benefits of Composite Restorations
The most obvious benefit tooth colored restorations have over silver fillings is that they match the color of natural teeth, meaning they are unnoticeable in your mouth. Tooth colored fillings are designed to look and feel like natural enamel. This means that you can talk, laugh and smile without worrying about whether someone will notice silver in your mouth. Additionally, tooth colored restorations have been proven to be more durable and resistant to wear and tear than silver fillings. Tooth colored restorations are chemically bonded directly to the tooth, which fortifies the tooth structure and prevents future decay and damage.
If you have silver (amalgam) fillings in your mouth, consider having them replaced with tooth colored restorations. Replacing silver fillings not only creates a more attractive smile but also reduces the risks associated with older mercury-filled restorations. Dr. Fisher is trained and experienced in safe amalgam (mercury) removal and replacing them with high-quality biocompatible restorations.
Placing Your Tooth Colored Restoration
Dr. Fisher can place your tooth-colored restoration in just one visit. First, your teeth will need to be thoroughly cleaned. Dr. Fisher or a member of her team will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area and remove bacteria and other debris. They will then place the filling on the tooth, adjusting and polishing it so it fits your tooth comfortably and naturally. Once the anesthetic has worn off, the tooth is ready to use immediately.
With good oral health and regular dental checkups, tooth colored restorations can last for many years. During your dental visit, Dr. Fisher or a member of her experienced team can give you instructions and tips on how to preserve the health and beauty of your restorations.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Fisher
At her full-service Eastside dental practice, Dr. Fisher uses only the most advanced dental technology and methods to help her patients enjoy smiles that are both functional and attractive. Let Dr. Fisher help you achieve optimal oral health and a smile that you can be proud of. Following a thorough examination and discussion of your dental concerns and goals, Dr. Fisher will formulate a treatment plan that is customized to fit your unique dental needs. To schedule a consultation with the dentist, please contact her Eastside dentistry practice today.