Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth Colored Fillings (Composites)
We like composite/resin fillings because of their natural appearance and the near-perfect color match we can get with your teeth. Composite fillings also bond better to your teeth, helping to restore your tooth’s natural strength.
Our dental practice has not used silver/mercury fillings for many years. It has been found that old silver fillings darken the teeth, and usage of silver fillings for the past 100 years has helped create a condition we refer to as “cracked tooth syndrome.” (See photos on right) Silver fillings act like a wedge in the tooth, greatly weakening the enamel. This can lead to cracking.
Early shallow cracks may only be noticeable through magnifying the tooth with an intraoral video camera system, which we stock in all of our treatment rooms. Some of the symptoms of more extensive cracks are sudden sensitivity to temperatures (especially cold) and sharp pain when biting on the tooth. Don’t ignore these warning signs. A crack can extend into the pulp (nerve) of the tooth and cause an abscess, or can even split the tooth beyond repair, requiring extraction. Usually, if the cracked tooth is discovered early enough, a composite filling or porcelain crown can be placed to reinforce the tooth.
How can we prevent this cracked tooth syndrome from occurring? Have regular check-ups so any problems can be detected early. This is especially important for people with many large and old silver fillings.
When the old silver fillings need to be replaced, it’s a good time to replace all restorations in that arch. The difference between an arch with silver fillings and an arch with white bonded filling replacements is remarkable! With the gray, silver filling gone, your smile will immediately brighten up.
We’re conveniently located a quarter mile north of Highway 41, at the intersection of Richmond Street and Evergreen Drive.