Most people have had silver fillings placed into their teeth because they had “cavities”. These silver-mercury fillings are called amalgams. Amalgam fills the space where the decay in the tooth has been removed.
However, over time, the amalgam corrodes and leaks which blackens the silver, and many times the tooth. This is easily seen as soon as a patient opens his or her mouth and is usually a source of embarrassment for the patient.
At Smile Secrets we can provide you with composite-resin fillings that are made of a porcelain-like material that actually bonds to the tooth for a tight seal. They are strong and stain-resistant, and they are color-matched to the natural tooth, making them “invisible”.
Composite fillings also lack the sensitivity that is often associated with silver-amalgam fillings. They are especially suited for smaller cavities and for patients who may be allergic to metal fillings.
Replace Silver-Mercury Fillings
For over 100 years, dentists have been using silver-mercury amalgam fillings to restore decayed or broken teeth. The only other alternative was gold and that was usually too expensive for most people.
Now, at Smile Secrets, there is a new and economical way to restore teeth using tooth-colored resin fillings. The resin is made up of glass particles in a plastic matrix. Dr. Chellis bonds the putty-like material to the tooth with a high-intensity light. This hardens the material and allows it to be shaped and polished for immediate use.
Once completed by Dr. Chellis, your tooth has a natural appearance and is actually stronger than before due to the strength of the adhesive agent used to bond the resin to the tooth. Resin restorations not only look better, but they are stronger and last longer than the old silver-amalgam fillings. Resin restorations can range from $150 to $500 per tooth.
Please don’t hesitate to call Smile Secrets at 206.935.5522 with any questions you may have about the benefits of replacing silver amalgam fillings with invisible composite fillings.