Restoring Tooth Decay
Dental fillings can help maintain a healthy smile through restoration. If tooth structure has been lost to decay, abnormal wear, or earlier restoration, Dr. Teasdale and his team can provide esthetic bonded porcelain dental fillings. Closely matched to the color and shape of your surrounding teeth, these porcelain restorations protect your teeth while providing a long-lasting and beautiful smile.
Dr. Teasdale and the entire team at Advanced Dental Arts NW strongly recommend bonded porcelain fillings and advise against the use of both resin-composite and mercury-based restorations in the mouth, for a great many reasons. Amalgam (silver, alloy) fillings break down at the edges, which can lead to new decay or weakening of the surrounding tooth structure, as well as the presence of mercury in the body. The metal of silver fillings corrodes and expands over time, which causes cracks and actual fractures in teeth. These kinds of fillings can also cause stains on your teeth and gums.
Materials like composite and porcelain restore beauty and vibrancy to teeth, have fewer issues with corrosion over time, and glass ionomers release decay-arresting fluoride, encouraging remineralization of the teeth.
Composite dental fillings are natural-looking fillings that prevent further tooth decay while strengthening weakened teeth. Bonded porcelain fillings are far more durable, hygienic, conservative, esthetic, and versatile than alloys. Completed within a single office visit, this bonding procedure can significantly improve the appearance and strength of a tooth.