White Fillings Seattle WA
Many people still have silver fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye and we know that by unavoidable design, silver fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain and composite inlays and onlays are tooth-colored restorations creating fillings that are not only beautiful, but also add strength to weakened teeth thanks to contemporary bonding technologies.
Disadvantages of Silver Fillings:
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can accelerate the breakdown of the tooth.
Silver fillings can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth Colored Restorations.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations, or White Fillings
There are many advantages to tooth colored restorations (white fillings). Porcelain onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger. The restoration does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!
The result is a beautiful smile!
Replacing Silver fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth colored restorations. This process may require two appointments. If the doctor decides this process is necessary this is how the appointments generally go:
Your First Appointment:
- The old filling and any additional decay are removed.
- An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
- A temporary restoration is placed on the tooth.
At the Lab:
Porcelain is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.
Your Second Appointment:
- The temporary onlay is removed.
- A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
- Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the restoration
to the tooth.
- The tooth is then polished.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!