At Phinney Ridge Dental, we use composite resin to fill cavities following decay removal. This is a durable material derived from plastics, and it blends in well with the natural color of your enamel.
While dental fillings are created to last for a long time—provided you brush and floss daily and visit your dentist twice yearly for exams and teeth cleanings—eventually, they will need replacing.
It’s important to remember that teeth and fillings do a lot of work through chewing, which means that maintenance is a must at some point. When it comes to tooth-colored fillings in Seattle, your dentist will always check them during your routine exams to see that they are in good shape, as well.
If you have older silver fillings that detract from your smile, you may also consider an upgrade to composite fillings—especially if the silver is breaking down or detracting from your smile.
If you notice that a filling—tooth-colored or silver—is cracked or loose, it is important to contact your dentist to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
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Remember, the best way to avoid cavities is to visit your dentist for checkups and teeth cleanings regularly.