Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, WA
When teeth develop cavities, the most conservative treatment is to remove the decay and place a filling in the tooth to restore it to its most natural state. Ignoring the cavity will only result in further decay of the tooth, which can lead to an infection or even tooth loss. In the past, the only treatment for a cavity was to replace it with an amalgam (silver) filling. Now, we use tooth-colored fillings, known as composites, that blend in and function well with the rest of your teeth.
What is a composite filling?
Composite is a mixture of plastic and glass, and the material is pliable when initially placed in the tooth. This allows the dentist to mold the filling material to fit each tooth individually. Then, the material is cured with a special light. Once cured, the filling can be made smooth, ensuring an even bite. Once the procedure is complete, the composite filling will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Why are composite fillings better than amalgam?
The composite material is designed to expand and contract along with your teeth, unlike amalgam material. Since the dynamics of amalgam changes at a faster rate than your teeth do when exposed to varying degrees of temperature changes, these silver fillings can lead to cracked or broken teeth. Over time, amalgam fillings begin to leak, causing further damage to a tooth. Also, composites are safer. Amalgam fillings contain mercury, which emit a toxic vapor into the bloodstream.
What if I already have old silver fillings?
For patients seeking a more aesthetically pleasing smile, we can simply remove your old silver fillings and replace them with new composite fillings. Drs. Hoag and Dotsch take necessary safety precautions when removing amalgam fillings. The composite material is safer for your teeth, durable, and long lasting. Plus, you will be more than happy with the results of your new smile.
To schedule a consultation, contact Hoag and Dotsch today! We welcome patients of Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, Washington.