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West Seattle Dentist: Natural Color is Better

White versus Silver Fillings

The popularity of tooth-colored filling materials is due to the public’s demand for aesthetically acceptable restorations that are metal-free, hence safer. They are not limited to frontal teeth use only as even the molars can be restored using them. Tooth-like materials, such as composite resins and porcelain, have been proven safe and predictable as validated by scientific data. They bond exceedingly well with tooth enamel and dentin, hence, strengthening tooth integrity further. This is a case of modern dentistry mimicking nature.

On the other hand, there is amalgam, a metal mix of mercury, silver, tin and copper used in dentistry in over 150 years. Mercury in amalgam fillings is not toxic. It changes its character when combined with other materials. It is the only element proved to bind the mixture together so that it becomes easily manipulated by the dentist to fill in a tooth cavity. Mercury in amalgam released in the mouth when you eat is so negligible, you’d probably get more mercury in your food and water. And so, is that the reason why some dentists still use amalgam?

Amalgam, sometimes called silver fillings, has withstood the test of time with a proven track record of safety, durability, and affordability. While a dentist finds it easy to work with amalgam, due to its quick binding with tooth structure, he has to create sufficient space on the tooth, large enough (to include healthy enamel and dentin) with undercuts provided so that amalgam will hold. That’s relatively easy for him with modern tools.

Using composites is quite different. It requires a dentist’s skills and experience, and more time, to place the white fillings diligently and carefully to avoid gaps and future leaks. It also saves tooth structure for there’s no need to enlarge space where the composite is to be placed. All in all, it makes a great filling material with the color of real teeth.

White Fillings with West Seattle Dentistry

Look no further than your West Seattle dentist for white or tooth-colored fillings. They are safer, looking natural as real healthy teeth, and as sturdy and durable as amalgam fillings in the hands of an expert.

Cosmetic Dentistry by West Seattle Dentist

Cosmetic Dentistry: solid and lasting

As you age and acquire certain habits that leave their mark on your oral structures, you think of your dentist and make a mental note that you ought to visit soon. While facial treatments or a new haircut every now and then is part of your routine, why shouldn’t cosmetic work done on your teeth be a more solid and lasting recourse? It can cost more than a visit to the beauty salon but the effects are incomparable if it can totally transform your face, your smile and overall self-esteem for the better. What cosmetic options are available anyway at the dentist’s office?

The most popular cosmetic procedure is teeth whitening; great for mature teeth, discolored teeth from foods and drinks that stain, and even smoker’s teeth. Your dentist can do an in-office whitening or design customized trays for home use that fit your arches and contain some whitening solution. Bonding is another procedure that treats chipped, broken, cracked or stained teeth, or even if you have extra spaces between teeth. Tooth-colored materials, usually composite resins, are applied to those breaks, including cavities, to restore normal tooth surface. Enamel shaping and contouring is another option that changes the shape, length, or position of teeth that may be crooked, overlapped, or chipped. Bonding is usually combined with this procedure.

Veneers are also popular options. These ultra-thin porcelain shells are permanently bonded to the front teeth that have discolored, are chipped or worn, poorly shaped or slightly crooked. They’re also great for spaces in-between teeth. If not veneers, crowns are good alternatives for the same type of problems, especially for the back teeth. They completely cover the teeth, restoring the shape and appearance. They’re also used for implants, bridges, and after root canal treatment.

Before deciding which cosmetic procedure is best for you, know the benefits and risks of the process.

Safe and Expert Cosmetic Dentistry in West Seattle

Find out at First Impressions Dental which treatment works best for you. Our West Seattle dentist will help you decide how to remake your smile with our complete line of cosmetic procedures.

The Popularity of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Composites: favorite dental filling material

Patients who come for dental treatment for their cavities are likely to have fillings, which are durable, non-toxic materials used to act as ‘fillers’ in tooth locations where a cavity has been. Signs of decay are removed, the cavity is cleansed, treated, and prepared to receive the filling material. The material of choice must be strong to withstand tooth stress, able to be shaped according to tooth structure and function, and must be safe for the oral tissues. The location and extent of decay, cost of filling material, and your dentist’s recommendation help in determining the type of filling best for you.

Dental materials which are the color of teeth are very popular with dentists and patients alike. Apart from their safety and durability, tooth-colored fillings, properly called composite fillings, mimic the natural color of teeth and blend easily with the rest of your oral structures. It’s going to look like as if you haven’t had dental work.

Other things that may interest you about composite fillings concern how these materials chemically bond well with tooth structure, the bonding is tight and makes the treated tooth a lot stronger. When preparing the tooth for composite, less natural tooth structure needs to be taken out by drilling, so the preparation is a lot easier for your dentist. Likewise, composites are versatile, not just as cavity fillers but also are used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.

These advantages make tooth-colored fillings sought after. Composites are, however, more expensive than other types of filling materials. Their effectiveness highly depends on the skill and training of your dentist.

Expert Specialist in West Seattle

Come over to West Seattle dentistry for your dental cosmetic and restorative needs. If tooth-colored fillings are for you, rest assured that you will get all the advantages of composites – its strength, durability, and natural look. Put these in the hands of your qualified and experienced specialist at First Impressions, West Seattle.

Replacing the Old with New Dentistry

When Old Dentistry needs to go

You’ve had those dental works for a long time and it seems they are not giving you problems. However, they just don’t look the same as when you first got them. You know that dental works serve us a long time, but they will not last forever. Especially if one’s dental hygiene practices are on the poor side, or you are not going for dental check-ups regularly, you’d never know that your crown, filling or veneer has already reached the end of the line.

You ought to be replacing your old crown, such as when there is breakage or damage to the crown, most especially if made of porcelain. Also, replacements are called for if the crown has worn out due to constant use, or has discolored and no longer matches the color of the rest of your teeth. Remember, while crowns don’t decay, the natural tooth underneath it can.

For old dental fillings, replace if the filling has cracked, chipped off, or slowly worn away and food debris and bacteria can seep in through entry points. Sometimes it is the cement bond, the one that binds natural tooth to artificial crown, that is weakened or broken. Before the pulp gets involved, old fillings should be replaced. As far as veneers go, have them replaced if they have cracks, stains, if they keep dislodging or if they start to smell from underneath.

Out with the Old, In with the New in West Seattle Dentistry

For all these cases of old dentistry, seek the help of your West Seattle dentist. He will tell you that early detection minimizes the need for extensive and costly procedures. When you drop by First Impressions, have your old dental works examined. They might be due for replacements.

Dental Care After a Heart Attack

When you suffer a heart attack, your life is going to go through a number of changes for a while. You will want to take special measures to assure that, in your weakened state, you don’t further compromise your health or suffer a second attack. Unfortunately, this has implications on your normal dental hygiene.

If at all possible, it is important to wait for at least six months after your heart attack before you undergo any dental treatments. Your body may not be ready to deal with the anxiety that most people experience when they visit the dentist. Meanwhile, if you are taking medication to treat your heart, it may not interact well with your treatments. Some heart medications encourage bleeding, which is not favorable for any surgical procedures you may need.

When you finally return to our dentist in West Seattle after a heart attack, be sure to supply us with a list of your medications and their dosages. You should also give us the contact information of your doctor, in case anything should go wrong during your appointment.