The term “metal-mouth” is generally used as an uncomplimentary reference to people who have old-fashioned orthodontia; however, if you have old cavities filled with dental amalgams, you might feel like that unflattering term applies to you as well. Fortunately, you can regain the natural look of your teeth without sacrificing the strength, thanks to modern white fillings.
Cosmetic dentists such as Spokane Valley-based Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins can use white fillings to replace your existing dark, silver-looking fillings. These tooth-colored fillings are customized to match the color of the surrounding teeth; so your repaired tooth is not only strong, but beautiful as well.
The materials used to make white fillings can be used in both front and back teeth, the color customized for the immediately neighboring teeth. They are bonded to the teeth, replacing the old “metal-mouth” look with white fillings that are indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Peace of Mind
Because amalgam fillings contain mercury, many people have grown concerned about the potential negative health impacts that may be related to traditional metal fillings. Since mercury is extremely toxic, even a small amount has the ability to damage our internal organs. For years, researchers have studied the effects of mercury-based fillings to see if they pose a threat to human health. Although experts haven’t definitively linked amalgam fillings to medical problems; researchers have developed a convincing case that suggests these old-style fillings may pose at least some risk to our health.
Because they want to the peace of mind that comes with knowing their mouths are 100 percent free from toxic substances, many patients choose to replace their traditional metal fillings with white fillings, which contain no mercury.
A Good Idea
Whether you are concerned about the potential health impact related to your existing metal fillings or just hate their appearance; filling upgrades are the answer you’ve been looking for.
If you’re interested in a consultation with Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins, please contact them online or call their office at 509-532-1111 in Spokane. You can also make an appointment online.