Most people will develop tooth decay or experience structural tooth damage at some point in life. One report showed that 90% of American adults have had a cavity. In the past, dentists restored decayed teeth with amalgam fillings, which are dark and can look unattractive on front teeth. Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson places amalgams upon request, but he usually recommends tooth-colored composite resin fillings.
Composite fillings contain no metal or mercury, and they are custom-tinted to match a tooth’s coloring. Once placed, a composite filling virtually disappears, blending with the restored tooth. Fillings require only one visit for placement, so you’ll be in and out of our office – and back on track with your day – quickly. However, left untreated, a small cavity can grow to cause significant damage, which may necessitate a crown or root canal to repair. Following through with treatment now can save you from pain and expense in the future.
If dark amalgam fillings detract from your beautiful smile, ask Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson about replacing the amalgams with composites. Over time, fillings wear out and leak, so you may need new fillings anyway. Tooth-colored composite resin fillings will give you an all-white, natural-looking smile you’ll love to show off to the world.