Composite (Tooth-Colored) Restorations
At Jen Kim: Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Kirkland, we offer tooth-colored composite dental fillings to give you a flawless, beautiful smile – even if you have had a cavity or two! Unlike the amalgam fillings of the past, white composite fillings blend in perfectly with your teeth so you do not have to be afraid to smile wide or laugh whenever you feel like it.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings have an obvious cosmetic advantage over amalgam fillings, but the benefits don’t end there. Composite fillings also help to support the tooth from the inside. When the filling is placed, it is cured in layers, and it bonds to the inside of the tooth. This is especially beneficial when a large portion of the tooth requires filling material, for instance when a root canal is performed. Composite dental fillings can make the tooth stronger and less likely to need additional dental work in the future.
Because amalgam fillings are made of metal, they expand and contract with the application of heat or cold. This means that while you are enjoying your morning cup of tea or an ice cream sundae for dessert, your fillings are subtly shifting. Over time, these minute movements can cause the filling to become loose and either fall out or create an opening for bacteria to sneak past the filling and cause decay. At Jen Kim: Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we can remove your loose or otherwise damaged dental fillings and replace them with new white composite fillings.
Amalgam fillings contain mercury, a known toxin. While multiple studies have shown that the mercury in dental fillings is not chemically active and no poisonings have ever been linked to the mercury in dental fillings, many people would prefer not to have mercury in their own or their children’s teeth. White composite fillings are 100 percent mercury-free.
Do I Have a Cavity?
When you come in for your regular, twice-yearly examinations, one of the things we check for is cavities. X-rays often help us catch cavities that are just getting started so we can repair them before they do any further damage to your tooth. Cavities in the early stages often have no symptoms at all. Our digital imaging makes it easy not only for us to find cavities that are small or hidden between your teeth, it also allows us to show you exactly where the cavity is so it can be filled promptly.
If it has been a while since your last dental check-up, you may have developed cavities. Call Kirkland, WA, dentist Dr. Jen Kim if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Sudden pain in your teeth
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet foods and drinks
- Pain when chewing
- Visible pitting in your tooth
A cavity that is not treated quickly can grow and develop into advanced decay, which may require additional treatment or even extraction of the tooth.
We have plenty of suggestions for the best ways to prevent cavities, and we are happy to discuss these with you. For more information about white composite fillings or to schedule an examination or a dental cleaning, please call our office today!