There was a time when the only choice for dental filling material was metal amalgam. While metal fillings literally made it possible for people to keep their teeth, having those metal fillings is not always desirable to patients. Most people would like to avoid the look of metal fillings, especially for those in highly visible parts of the teeth and mouth. Metal amalgam fillings also contain mercury, which causes some patients to be concerned.
Nowadays, however, when patients develop cavities, Dr. Chandler chooses tooth-colored, composite resin fillings to repair their teeth. Unlike metal fillings, which can crack or leak over time, composite fillings will bond to your tooth and stabilize the remaining structure. We tint tooth-colored fillings to match your natural dentition, so no one will even notice your dental work.
Dr. Chandler will remove the damage that decay has caused and make absolutely certain that the area to be bonded is completely dry before filling the area with the dough-like composite filling substance. The filling material contains an ingredient known as a photoinitiator, which is activated by a certain wavelength of blue light. This blue light causes the filling material to harden to your tooth. This revolutionary filling procedure will leave the integrity of your smile intact.
As a conservative repair option, tooth-colored fillings also require less removal of original tooth structure, so you’ll maintain more of your natural tooth. Now, when you open wide to sing or even just to yawn, you can have a mouth that looks like nature intended, instead of showing big, unsightly metal fillings to the world.
If you already have amalgam fillings that you would like to replace, ask Dr. Chandler about replacing your metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings. Whether you’re worried about your possible exposure to mercury from old dental work, or just ready to reclaim a naturally beautiful smile, tooth-colored fillings may be the solution for you.
Enjoy a fabulous smile for life – contact the dental office of Dr. Chandler today! Located in Edmond, we welcome residents from Oklahoma City, Guthrie, Arcadia, Luther and the surrounding areas. For more about tooth colored fillings and composite fillings, visit our patient library.