With all the talk in Boulder of multi-procedure smile makeovers involving veneers, porcelain crowns, bridges, teeth whitening, dental implants, and invisible braces, sometimes the traditional dental filling is overlooked. If a cavity progresses no further than a filling, Colorado cosmetic dental patients can avoid more extensive and invasive treatments. Today, let’s talk about dental fillings.
Most dental patients in the Boulder and Lafayette area have a few fillings in their mouth. When a tooth has been damaged through decay, a dental filling is the most common way Colorado family dentists restore the tooth to its previous, intact condition.
Dental fillings have been used for over a hundred years, and they’ve come a long way from the silvery amalgam fillings many of us in the Boulder, Boulder County, and Lafayette, CO areas remember.
Boulder cosmetic dentists and dental labs have been working to formulate filling materials that are more cosmetically pleasing to their Colorado patients.
Today, the filling material of choice in Lafayette and around the country is a composite of plastic resin with glass or quartz filler. Referred to as composite fillings, Lafayette dental patients love the fact that they can be matched to their natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. This is particularly important when the filling needs to be in a conspicuous part of the mouth, such as the front teeth.
Despite the popularity of tooth-colored fillings, many Boulder dentists still find amalgam fillings appropriate in some cases. Dental amalgam is made from a metal alloy, which gives it the ability to hold strong even when the chewing load is great.
I’m Dr. Gordon West, a cosmetic Lafayette dentist and I work hard to make sure my clients enjoy their dental visits and love their smile. I’ve practiced dentistry since 1998, and I find it especially rewarding when Boulder, Boulder County, and Lafayette, CO residents find renewed confidence after a smile makeover. So whether you are interested in replacing metal fillings with composites, or if you want to discuss tooth whitening and veneers, our staff would be happy to answer any questions you have.
Call 303-665-5335 today to schedule an appointment with Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry!
Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201