Dr. Jen Kim, DDS
Kirkland, WA Family and Cosmetic Dentist
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The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

December 28, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Jen Kim
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No one ever wants to hear that they have a dental cavity, but it's one of the most common oral health issues adults face. Even with diligent brushing and flossing, it's challenging to completely eliminate plaque build-up.

At Dr. Jen Kim, DDS, we can treat your cavities efficiently and subtly. Dr. Kim uses tooth-colored fillings to seal your cavity and protect your tooth, but there are numerous benefits to this restorative treatment.

Read further to learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings at our Kirkland, WA dental office. 

Tooth-Colored Fillings Are Efficient and Reliable

We can treat your cavity in just one dental visit or under an hour. This process is painless and quick, so patients are comfortable throughout their visit. Dr. Kim will administer a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area before proceeding with your treatment.

We remove any decayed or infected tissue and matter before sterilizing the tooth. Next, we apply a tooth-colored composite resin over the cavity to keep it sealed from further infection. This filling will be shaded to match your existing teeth, and Dr. Kim will shape it to blend in perfectly. We work hard to complete this procedure quickly so that patients can continue with their day.

White Fillings Look Natural and Attractive

Traditional silver and gold fillings tend to stand out and announce that you have had a cavity. White fillings blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile, so no one will ever notice them, even if you smile or yawn. 

Through proper care and maintenance, tooth-colored fillings can last for more than 10 years. Patients should brush and floss daily and see their Kirkland dentist every six months. We also recommend that patients avoid chewing on their fingernails, ice, pens, or other hard objects to prevent chipping their fillings.

Composite Resin Can Leave Your Tooth Structure Intact 

Tooth-colored filling bonds to your teeth, which means we don't have to remove as much of your valuable tooth structure as we would with traditional silver fillings. This conservative approach keeps your teeth stronger and less prone to fracturing.

Additionally, many patients worry about the mercury content in fillings, which can be toxic. While the amount of mercury in silver fillings is minimal, patients still prefer mercury-free white fillings.

We Offer Beautiful Restorations

Cavities are a common occurrence, but that doesn't mean everyone has to know. Call Jen Kim: Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to set up your appointment with Dr. Kim.

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