Two Types of White Fillings
Not all white fillings are the same. There are different options for replacing old metal amalgam fillings or placing new attractive fillings.
Composite fillings are made of a plastic resin with ceramic inclusions for strength. These fillings start as a putty that can be spread into the cavity. Then they are hardened with a curing light. Once hard, they are polished to be as smooth as your tooth enamel. These fillings are inexpensive and can be completed in a single visit. They’re good for small cavities.
Ceramic fillings are custom-made at a lab similar to veneers or crowns. The filling is bonded to the natural tooth once it’s been manufactured to precisely fit your cavity. This type of filling is more expensive and requires two visits to complete. However, they are stronger and more stain resistant. They are recommended for large cavities and when replacing old metal amalgam fillings.
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 have 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.
Better Fillings in Spokane
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.