When a tooth experiences minor to moderate tooth decay, our dentist may recommend a dental filling to repair the tooth. Many patients are familiar with fillings as a common treatment for cavities, which are caused by tooth decay. Fillings may also be used to repair minor tooth chipping or fracturing. There are two main types of fillings available:
• Amalgam fillings – Also called silver fillings, amalgam restorations are made of a mixture of metals. They are silver in color and are typically the more affordable restoration choice.
• Composite fillings – These restorations are made of a tooth-colored material called composite resin. Sometimes referred to as tooth-colored or white fillings, composite restorations blend in with your natural tooth color and are usually a more aesthetic choice.
Dr. Lois Lee will help you determine which type of dental filling in Lynnwood, Washington, is right for your personal dental needs and preferences. Placing a filling typically requires just one visit to Meadowdale Dental Clinic. After removing the decayed or damaged part of the tooth, our dentist will carefully clean the tooth and then fill it with the chosen filling material. We then shape the restoration to comfortably fit your smile and harden it with a special light. We welcome you to contact us today to learn more about fillings and how we can improve your dental health.