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.Dr Walter Hadley on Tooth Filling Options
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 509-591-0515.
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 and abrasions. They also are not susceptible to small cracks that can develop over time and 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 and 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 and especially if they have developed small cracks, you risk developing cavities in those teeth.