Tooth-Colored Fillings Phinney Ridge
Not so long ago, your only option for restoring a decayed tooth was a dark metal filling that was visible when you smiled and laughed. Today, modern dental materials allow dentists to create long-lasting restorations that are strong and highly esthetic. At Phinney Ridge Dental, we use only tooth-colored restorations that are perfectly matched to your existing tooth color and structure to achieve the highest esthetic and functional result possible.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite is a BPA- and metal-free resin material that comes in a wide range of colors to match any tooth. The use of tooth-colored fillings is not only esthetic but also helps us to preserve your healthy tooth structure. Old amalgam (metal) fillings required the removal of a significant portion of your tooth structure to anchor it in place. Today, we need only remove the damaged or decayed area of your tooth to bond the composite material.
While the American Dental Association has repeatedly reported that the level of mercury in amalgam fillings is safe and does not cause any short- or long-term side effects, many patients do not like the idea of metal or mercury in their fillings. Composite fillings provide a safe solution that looks great and eliminates the worry over allergic reactions or health concerns associated with amalgam fillings.
Conservative Tooth-Colored Fillings
Because we use digital x-rays to help with early detection of cavities and other oral health conditions, we can catch most decay in its earliest stages. When placing a restoration, Dr. Micah Bickel will always ensure that you are completely comfortable. He will remove any damaged tooth structure and signs of decay and then treat your tooth with a solution to help your composite adhere.
Dr. Bickel will match the shade of composite with your natural tooth color and use it to fill in the area where he removed the decay. He will shape and polish the surface and use a curing light to harden the material. You will be able to eat on your repair right away!
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Because composite is tooth-colored and highly esthetic, Dr. Bickel can use it to fill in small chips and imperfections in your teeth without the need for extensive restoration. This is great for teeth that have flaws that can collect stains and darken your smile. He can even use it to close small gaps or give your teeth a more uniform appearance.
Contact Us to Schedule a Dental Appointment
Are you interested in learning more about tooth-colored fillings? Contact Phinney Ridge Dental today. Our Seattle, WA dental office has the latest diagnostic tools and Dr. Bickel uses the latest materials and techniques to make even the smallest restoration a true work of art!