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White Dental Fillings

Prevent further damage and protect your teeth with white dental fillings

Dental fillingsGetting a filling is a common occurrence, and the process is straightforward and simple.  One of the choices patients need to make is what type of filling they would like to get.

SK Family Dental in Puyallup is proud to offer our patients white dental fillings, otherwise known as composite fillings. Traditional silver fillings, otherwise known as amalgam fillings, are used less and less these days as patients are wary of the side effects related to silver fillings and are interested in having fillings that are less obvious.

What are the Benefits of White Dental Fillings?

There are many benefits with white dental fillings. Not only do they look better, but they are better for you. Composite resin materials are made from a mixture of dental cement and glass particles that protect and prolong the life of a tooth. Fillings are designed to prevent damage related to cavities from becoming worse.

White fillings prevent that damage from spreading without being visible to the eye. Over time white fillings can become stained and discolored from food and drink, but they will still look like part of your natural tooth. White dental fillings are also easier to place in a patient’s tooth.

From a financial perspective, insurance companies are more likely to pay for a higher percentage of filling when white fillings are used. What’s more, white fillings are great for treating cavities in the front of the teeth, or in between teeth where the silver filling material would be distracting for patients.

Most adults prefer white dental fillings over silver fillings for aesthetic purposes. Children don’t always care about the appearance, but parents may want to have a seamless looking treatment for their children for when they are older or if they have sensitivities to silver fillings. At SK Family Dental, we can help you get great looking teeth with white dental fillings and save you money while we’re at it!

What Option is Best for Patients?

Silver fillings have been on the market since the late 1800s and are made up of a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. Because silver fillings are made up of about 50% mercury, there are some health risks that have been identified over the years that have led the dental community to create alternative options in white fillings.

Composite fillings made from ceramic, glass and plastic are more effective and safer for patients to have for long periods of time. Some people have sensitivities to silver fillings or can develop them over time. If you have silver fillings and would like them removed and replaced with white dental fillings in Puyallup, Wa, contact our office today. We’ll help you decide if white fillings are right for your needs and dental health. In some cases, silver fillings may be needed to fill large or severely damaged teeth.

What Should Patients Expect Following Treatment?

Placing white fillings is easier and less time consuming than traditional silver fillings. Patients will experience less discomfort and less of the tooth needs to be prepared in order to complete the treatment procedures. Like all filling treatments, patients can expect to have local anesthetic in the area to be treated to help dull any pain or discomfort that may be felt during the procedure as the tooth is prepared for placement of the filling.

Following the treatment, patients may feel slight tingling sensations or an ache in their teeth as the anesthetic wears off and they return to their normal routine. Generally, this discomfort lasts only a few hours and is nothing to be concerned about. The entire treatment takes less than one hour and you’ll be in and out of our dental office in no time. If you have questions about your fillings or experience any issues, call our office at (253) 770-0198.

What Happens if a Filling Falls Out?

If you have traditional silver fillings that have come loose, become broken, or your white fillings have been damaged, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at SK Family Dental to replace or repair your filling before more damage occurs. If a cavity becomes exposed after a filling is damaged or destroyed, further damage can occur in the tooth. Pain may be present. Don’t delay in contacting our office to make an appointment for white dental fillings in Puyallup, Wa.

Repair Your Smile with White Dental Fillings Today

As you can see, white dental fillings are an easy solution to tooth damage and have some pros in their favor over more traditional silver fillings.  At SK Family Dental, we have extensive experience with doing fillings and can help you get this treatment completely swiftly and comfortably.

If you have questions or concerns about getting fillings, the differences between the two options, or think you or a loved one may need fillings today, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We can be reached on the phone at (253) 770-0198 or online.  Our friendly and professional staff will help you get the information and care you need.