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Routine Cleanings
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Fillings &



Fillings and Crowns


Often times a simple filling material bonded into the deep grooves of your teeth can effectively prevent cavities in those grooves.  This is a short and painless procedure that simply protects those deep grooves from trapping food and plaque in places your toothbrush bristles cannot reach.


Ultimately we hope you never need a filling.  Prevention is the best choice.  When they are needed, fillings come in all different shapes, sizes and depths and require different strategies on how we can get a filling into the tooth.  We will discuss which option is best for your tooth.  Here are 3 of our most common choices.

White Fillings

Composite or plastic fillings work well.  We use white fillings for front teeth, but can use them on most back teeth as desired.  We use multiple shades of white to make them blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth color.  Unfortunately, white fillings have a shorter life span due to their strength properties and how they are bonded onto the tooth.  However, we want to ensure that when you smile, you can smile confidently knowing no one will see your fillings!

Silver Fillings

We use silver fillings on many back teeth because they are stronger than white fillings.  We clearly recognize these fillings do not blend in with your tooth color.  Many patients choose this more durable choice, especially if it is in a spot you won’t even notice while you are smiling, laughing, singing or talking.  By the way, all of us here still agree with the American Dental Association (ADA) regarding the mercury in silver fillings:

We also like to see what others say:

Gold Fillings

For the very best, stick with the gold standard.  The yellow gold does not match the color of our teeth, but it is abundantly clear that gold fillings will outlive every other type of filling.  If we are working on a back tooth, consider gold.  It is more expensive, but will likely last you decades longer.  Please ask us if gold is the best choice for your tooth.


Fillings go in a tooth after we have removed a cavity.  A crown goes over top of a tooth when a cavity is very large or a piece of your tooth has broken.  Here are 3 of our most common choices.


Porcelain crowns look amazing.  We blend the color, shape and size as precisely as possible.  With a porcelain crown, we can typically get the most natural depth of tooth color.  They are most often used on front teeth but can be used on any tooth.    

Porcelain/Gold Hybrid

The porcelain/gold hybrid crown is one of the most common types of crown.  We can design the gold to be completely hidden or use some of the gold on the chewing surface of the tooth.  This gives the added bonus of having the strongest chewing surface but still have the beauty of a tooth colored crown for everyone else to see.    


If you need a crown on a back tooth, gold is by far the longest lasting solution.  Gold cannot chip or break.  Unfortunately it is not tooth color.  Often times those back teeth aren’t even visible to close friends of family, let alone a casual observer.  Guess how many of our staff members have gold crowns?


A veneer is like a crown, but is only a thin shell of porcelain that covers the front side of a tooth.  They are a great option for correcting stained, chipped or decayed front teeth.


If you are missing 1 or 2 teeth, sometimes we can use the teeth on either side to literally “bridge” that gap.  It is very important for a bridge to have healthy teeth to support it.

3628 Meridian Street, Suite 2A
Bellingham, WA 98225