During your evaluation by one of our top-rated cosmetic dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics, we determine the best ways to restore your teeth. While our recommendations are always personalized for your best results, there are several reasons why you should choose only tooth-colored fillings, and why we do not offer metal or silver/mercury fillings.
WHAT ARE TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS?
Tooth-colored fillings, also called white fillings, are made of a composite resin that can be color-matched to your existing teeth. Rather than having an unsightly silver/mercury patch in your teeth, the composite resin is nearly invisible as it fills the decayed portion of the tooth. As this procedure has become more and more popular, many patients elect to have their old silver/mercury fillings removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings. The result is a more beautiful, natural-looking smile.
BENEFITS OF TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS
Beyond the aesthetic reasons for tooth-colored fillings, there are other benefits including:
- Composite resin does not expand and contract when exposed to variations in temperature like silver/mercury fillings can. Over time, this expansion and contraction can cause small openings to form, allowing harmful bacteria to enter and cause further damage.
- Less tooth structure must be removed for composite resin to fill a tooth cavity as opposed to a silver/mercury filling.
- Tooth-colored fillings are bonded to the tooth, helping to restore strength and preserve your natural tooth.
Like your natural teeth, it is possible for the composite resin to stain over time. However, when compared to the appearance of silver/mercury fillings, most patients still choose tooth-colored fillings today.
Not all cosmetic dentists are trained to offer alternatives to silver/mercury fillings. Our team is happy to provide this service and can be performed in one visit in most cases. For more information, see questions about white fillings.
QUALITY OF TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS
The materials we use to make white fillings are far superior to those used in the past. Composite resin is stable when exposed to heat or cold, and bonds securely to the tooth, making it an ideal filling material that actually strengthens your tooth. It can be used for both front and back teeth. And where one of your fillings may need even stronger restoration for larger or cusp areas, we offer porcelain inlays and onlays.
COSMETIC ADVANTAGES OF TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS
People cannot mistake the signs of oral disease when you laugh or smile flashing a blotchy metal filling at them. But they can mistake a tooth-colored filling for a healthy mouth that you have cared for. Although both types of fillings correct the health issue, only one draws attention to itself. Tooth-colored fillings are essentially invisible. People will see your attractive smile, and none of the dental work you have had done.
ADVANCED TRAINING AND TECHNOLOGY
Dr. Chong Lee and Dr. Joseph Oh are committed to providing you with the highest quality cosmetic and therapeutic dental care. At Galleria Dental Aesthetics you will benefit from our advanced training through Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), whose well-earned prestige in the art of advanced dentistry offers evidence of our commitment. LVI teaches its practitioners about exciting and effective alternatives to out-dated dental procedures.
Dr. Chong Lee’s position as clinical instructor for LVI assures you of our successful achievements in these advanced techniques and most especially, our high standards of practice and talent in the areas of cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry. So, when we recommend that you choose tooth-colored fillings you can be sure that we have evaluated every other option and are recommending the best for you.
PRESERVING AND PROTECTING YOUR TEETH
As part of our commitment to quality, we can help you preserve more of your natural tooth because tooth-colored fillings allow us to remove the least amount of tooth structure to prepare it for the filling. Should you need future restoration work on those teeth, tooth-colored fillings may very well make the difference between saving your tooth and replacing it.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
If you live in McLean or Arlington, VA and would like to learn more about tooth-colored or porcelain fillings, please contact our cosmetic dentistry team at Galleria Dental Aesthetics. Call 703.448.1020 for an initial white fillings consultation and to see if you are a candidate for this procedure.