When you have tooth decay, it leaves a hole in your tooth, necessitating a filling. In the past, your best option was amalgam fillings, which meant that you had a noticeable silver blob put on your tooth for all to know that you’ve had tooth decay. But luckily those days are long gone at RiverPlace Dental. Instead, we use tooth-colored fillings to restore both your tooth’s function and its beauty.
Unlike amalgam, which is composed of mercury, silver, copper, and tin, tooth-colored fillings are completely metal free. They consist of composite resin, a compound of dental plastic with fine ceramic particles. This material is biocompatible and flexible and can be colored to match the shade of your enamel.
Although amalgam is very durable, it has its obvious downsides. On the other hand, tooth-colored fillings address these pitfalls and have many advantages, including the following:
When Dr. McInnis identifies a cavity, the process of filling it goes as follows:
To make your restorations last a long time, you need to take care of them consistently. The good news is that maintenance for your tooth-colored fillings is exactly the same as that of your natural teeth. At minimum, you need to brush and floss daily and visit our Portland office twice every year for a checkup and cleaning.
If you have an untreated cavity or you still have older amalgam fillings and want them replaced, we can help you get your healthy, attractive smile back with tooth-colored fillings. Make an appointment with us today to get started!