Porcelain veneers are placed on front teeth when a portion of the tooth is chipped away, or if the tooth is discolored. Sometimes there is too much tooth fractured away to restore with a tooth-colored filling, or a more esthetic result is desired. Porcelain veneers fit over the tooth like acrylic fingernails. Modern dental bonding agents allow a very strong bond between the tooth and the veneer. You can bite with them just like your natural teeth so you can enjoy our wonderful Washington apples, plus, they look great!
Tooth Colored Fillings
At Pike Place Dental, we use composite or porcelain fillings. These fillings are tooth-colored, strong, dense and adhere well to a remaining healthy tooth. Composite fillings come in many shades and we strive to closely match the shade of the tooth for a non-toxic, nearly invisible tooth repair. These fillings can also be highly polished to resemble the shine of natural teeth.
Our office has consciously made the commitment to not use mercury-silver fillings. Mercury is a toxic substance, and we do not feel comfortable putting it in patients’ bodies. Additionally, when mercury-silver fillings are used, parts of the filling material goes into our suction systems and ultimately into the water supply. We care about our patients’ heath and the earth’s health too much to use these types of fillings at Pike Place Dental.
Cosmetic bonding is used when some portion of the tooth is chipped away, or a change in the color or shape of the teeth is desired. This is a less costly option than porcelain veneers, but the esthetics are not as good, and bonding does not last as long as porcelain veneers.