Dentistry has made dramatic improvements in techniques as well as materials. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were common, and while they are highly functional, they can create a dark hue and cause shadows in your smile. Additionally, fillings only last so long, usually between five and fifteen years depending on your oral habits, bite, and if you grind your teeth. Once they start to break down, they can create a place for bacteria to enter your teeth and cause secondary decay.
Ryan Kay DMD uses composite (tooth-colored) fillings at our Encinitas dental office. Because they match your teeth, no one will ever notice them. They also have the added benefit of being useful for minor cosmetic repairs such as chips, gaps, and oddly shaped teeth.
If you are tired of seeing dark fillings in your teeth when you laugh and smile, we can replace your amalgam fillings, giving you a brighter, more natural appearance.
It is important to note that composite fillings do not whiten like your natural teeth, so if you would like a whiter smile overall, you should professionally whiten your teeth prior to filling placement.
If you would like more information about how composite fillings can improve your smile, give us a call!