Cavity Repair with Tooth-Colored Fillings in Northgate
At Oak Tree Dental Care, Dr. Imahn Moin, DDS, Dr. Amin Tabatabaian, DDS and Dr. Michael Huynh, DDS strive to help patients enjoy healthy and attractive smiles not just today, but in the future, too. With proper dental care and treatment, your teeth really can last for your entire lifetime. When problems arise, we offer only the best treatment options, so you can be certain your smile will be in good condition for many years to come.
Composite Resin Fillings
One of those treatments is a tooth-colored filling. Archaeologists have discovered that ancient peoples used beeswax to fill decaying teeth. In the 19th century, metals such as gold, silver and tin were softened and pressed into damaged teeth. Eventually, mercury was added to an amalgam of these metals to make the mixture stronger and more malleable. Today, however, there is a stronger and safer alternative. Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, a biocompatible material that offers both aesthetic and health advantages over traditional amalgam fillings.
Tooth-Colored Fillings in Seattle
Made of medical grade plastics and glass, composite resin contains no elements that are a health hazard; the mercury in silver fillings is a heavy metal that may leach into the nervous, digestive and immune systems and cause harmful effects. Moreover, tooth-colored fillings—as the name suggests—can be blended and shaded to perfectly match the existing color or your tooth. No one but you and your Seattle dentist will ever know that you’ve had a tooth repaired, because a tooth-colored filling does not show the dark evidence like an amalgam filling.
Placing a Tooth-Colored Filling
Whether you are having new tooth decay repaired or you are replacing a worn amalgam filling, a tooth-colored filling may be the appropriate treatment. Once the decayed portion of a tooth is removed, the composite resin material is placed directly on the site. There is no need for a layer of adhesive as with traditional metal fillings, because composite resin bonds directly to your remaining tooth structure. In this way, the resulting tooth is stronger and better able to withstand the normal pressures of biting and chewing. In addition, composited resin does not conduct heat or cold, so there is no chance of temperature sensitivity. And with no metal content there’s no metal sensitivity either. Your tooth will look and feel just like a natural tooth.
Convenient and Easy Cavity Repair
Tooth-colored fillings can almost always be placed in a single visit to Oak Tree Dental Care. Unlike metal fillings that need replacement in the case of damage, a tooth-colored filling can often be repaired.