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If you are new to the Phinney Ridge area or simply looking for a new dentist in Seattle, WA, you probably have a number of questions about the dental services we offer, and what to expect when you come to our office. Some of our most frequently asked questions are listed below. If you do not see your question listed here, contact our dentist office in the 98103 area and we will be happy to help!
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.
The most common dental fillings include silver amalgam or composite resin. Our patients tend to prefer composite resin because it is a tooth-colored material that blends better with their smile compared with silver.
Amalgam fillings may consist of mercury, copper, zinc, tin, and silver. Amalgam fillings are durable, but they may not be ideal in the smile line.
Composite resin fillings are made from plastic and resin materials, and the composite is set or bonded to the tooth with a special light. These filings are also durable, and they are more aesthetically pleasing when smiling or laughing.
For our patients looking to avoid cavities altogether, it’s essential to follow a few preventive measures:
- Brush and floss at least twice per day.
- Visit your dentist at least twice each year for dental exams and teeth cleanings.
- Talk to your dentist if you grind and clench your teeth.
- Cut back on sugary and acidic foods and drinks.
The American Dental Association has found that following these tips lowers your risks for cavities and periodontal disease.
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Remember, it’s important not to skip your twice-yearly dental visits and teeth cleanings! Contact a member of our team to schedule or if you have any questions about our dentistry.