In previous years, most dentists used gold or amalgam (silver and mercury) metal to fill in cavities. This helped stop cavities from growing larger and prevented further tooth decay.
However, they were also unsightly, unattractive, and unhealthy-looking when visible while one laughed or spoke. They also caused some teeth to crack due to expansion. In addition, there were concerns about the presence of mercury, silver, copper, tin and zinc (used to make the metal fillings) in the mouth, and the possible health risks they may later cause. Today, new dental treatments and materials allow us to treat those same cavities in ways that produce a more aesthetic and natural-looking result. And it’s likely safer. For the past 11 years, Houston Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Konig has used safe, natural-looking white fillings as an alternative to metal fillings.
In addition to giving you a more natural appearance, white fillings actually bond to the teeth, which strengthens them as well. They are made of a resin compound that contains a light sensitive ingredient. The light-cured white filling composites are placed and then hardened using a special light for a few seconds. White filling composites can be done in one visit.
It is important to note that the key is to match the color of the surrounding teeth and that the white filling is created and cured to be long lasting. As an aesthetic specialist, Dr. Konig has extensive experience with matching white fillings and ensuring they will last a long time. The best part, no one will ever know you’ve had a cavity, and people will say “what perfect teeth you have!”
For more information about white fillings, or to schedule a consultation in our Houston, Texas office, please email or call us today.
Providing smile makeovers using white fillings and cosmetic dentistry for patients across the U.S., for international patients and in the Houston, Texas area including Galveston, Katy, and Sugar Land.