Replace Old Fillings for a Great New Smile

For years, your only choices for tooth fillings were gold or a less expensive blend of metals called amalgam. While durable, these fillings stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb in your smile.

Because of this, some people now choose fillings made of porcelain or composite. Dr. Walter Hadley can closely match these materials to the color of your own teeth so no one will even know you have fillings! In some cases, folks choose to replace their old metal fillings with porcelain or composite ones.

To learn about your tooth filling options, call our Kennewick, WA dentist office at  509-783-7349.

Ceramic Fillings Offer Many Benefits

Marineland Dental Care can match the color of your teeth with porcelain fillings. Because it’s naturally translucent, it looks more like your own teeth than other tooth-colored materials like composite. Porcelain offers benefits beyond its attractive appearance, including:

  • Long lasting. Porcelain fillings last longer than composite fillings.
  • Damage resistant. Ceramic fillings are highly resistant to stains & abrasions. They also are not susceptible to small cracks that can develop over time & allow decay inside your tooth.
  • No health concerns. While research on mercury in metal fillings is not conclusive, some studies have linked mercury to health issues. Ceramic fillings pose no health risks.
  • Good value for the money. While porcelain costs more than amalgam or composite, it lasts a long time & looks more natural. It is less expensive than gold.

Should You Replace Old Fillings?

Thanks to his four decades of experience with tooth fillings, Dr. Hadley can advise you on whether you might want to replace old fillings. Among factors to consider:

  • How you treat your teeth. If you grind your teeth or often chew on hard objects like ice, it may be a good idea to invest in the durability of porcelain.
  • Condition of your fillings. If old fillings are worn & especially if they have developed small cracks, you risk developing cavities in those teeth.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

At Marineland Dental Care, we believe that the overall health & peace of mind of our patients always comes first. Accordingly, at our office we have elected only to use new & advanced tooth fillings made of tooth-colored materials. We are able to offer you subtle, flattering options for fillings. Our tooth-colored or white tooth fillings are essentially indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Tooth-colored material is made of durable composite, resin or porcelain & can be used both as fillings & to repair defects in the teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are often used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important. They can be used on the back teeth as well, depending on the location & extent of the tooth decay.

While our biggest concern is the health & function of your teeth, we are proud to offer tooth filling options that do not affect the aesthetics of your smile.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hadley, call Marineland Dental Care at 509-783-7349. Or use our online form to book your visit to our Kennewick, WA dentist office.

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