For over 150 years, cavities were filled with a mixture of metals, including silver and mercury. It was perfectly normal to see dark grey areas in someone’s mouth when they talked and laughed.
But today, you can get your cavities filled with composite fillings. Composite fillings are made from resins that are matched to your tooth’s color – so they become invisible when applied and can actually make the teeth stronger.
Composite fillings are bonded to the affected area so that recurrent tooth decay may be prevented. The factors that go into our decision to use composite fillings include:
- The size of the area that needs to be filled.
- The location of the affected area in the mouth (i.e., a tooth that is heavily relied on for chewing).
- The preference of the patient regarding the use of metals in the mouth.
- Whether it is necessary cosmetically to have a tooth-colored filling.
If you are unsure about the type of filling to use, schedule a consultation with our dentist today.
To learn more about composite fillings in Spokane, Washington, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michelle Metcalf, please contact our office at 509-747-4242.