Until recent years, the only material used to fill cavities was a mixture of metal and mercury called ‘amalgam.’ Despite better options, amalgam fillings are still the most common fillings today. Their dark color is often aesthetically displeasing, often turning black over time and discoloring the whole tooth.
Over the last decade, the technology for tooth-colored fillings has improved to the point where they are even stronger than amalgam fillings, while being far more aesthetically pleasing. The filling material comes in a variety of shades from which Drs. Lee and Kim can choose to most closely match your natural tooth color.
That’s why more people are selecting modern tooth-colored fillings over amalgam, and choosing to replace their old amalgam fillings with new tooth-colored fillings.
The first step is to remove the diseased tooth tissue or amalgam filling, then fill the resulting space with several thin layers of the tooth-colored composite. After each layer is applied, it will be cured under a special light before the next layer is applied. When the procedure is complete, you’ll have a strong, custom filling that is virtually undetectable
If you would like to replace old amalgam fillings, or fill new cavities with tooth-colored fillings, join our many patients in the San Francisco and Oakland area who have made the same choice by scheduling a complimentary consultation with us today.