Many people have had silver fillings placed
into their teeth because they had "cavities". These silver
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.
Now 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. The doctor 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.
Composite fillings 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.
As you can see, tooth-colored fillings can substantially improve
the beauty of your teeth. The above photo also includes the
use of a good example of permanently implanting a synthetic tooth
to fill a gap.
Once completed, the 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 $350 per tooth.
Please call with any questions you may have about the benefits
of resin restorations.