When a tooth has been attacked with decay-causing bacteria, we can remove the damaged portion and fill small cavities with composite filler. A dental filling
is the most common of all dental restorations, and a majority of patients have had at least one. Working with our staff at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence, we will look for trouble spots, including caries, then remove the tooth decay
and rebuild the tooth. If the damage is small enough, we can repair the tooth and restore its structure with a dental filling.
Amalgam and Composite Fillings
Traditionally, amalgam was the dominant filling material used to repair teeth. It is a metal based material that uses metals mixed with mercury. Amalgam is a fantastic material that does a great job of being a firm, permanent filling in your teeth. The problem that many patients express dislike for is its dark metal coloring and the fact that it contains mercury. Though its use has been labeled safe, it causes many patients concern. Additionally, many patients express dislike for its obvious coloring that dental work has been performed. Patients wanted a cleaner, non metallic product.
Composite is not a new product, but the materials used in the past were far inferior to amalgam. This is no longer true. Though still not as strong as metal, composite has come a long way in durability and resistance to fracture. Composite material is made with a blend of various quartz materials that we can shade to match your teeth in coloring. We then add in a strong resin to make it a malleable material that we can shape, mold, and adhere to your teeth. Composite filler is the more predominantly used material for fillings today.
Placement of a Dental Filling
When a patient has decay, or a cavity, we first work to remove the bacteria and damaged portion of the tooth. This could involve some drilling, so oftentimes a local anesthetic is used to help the patient be more comfortable. We remove the decayed portion and then clean the area. The filling material is matched to your tooth coloring and mixed with resin. We then use the composite material to fill the space with a bit of artistic flair. We strive for a look and feel of perfection. One satisfied with your look and bite, we can then harden the composite material using a blue laser light. The tooth is then polished to give it the opaque pearly look of your natural teeth. The process is often completed in less than an hour.
Besides filling cavities, composite material can be used to make repairs to enamel. We can use filler to fill in gaps, cover chips, and make other simple repairs. Dental bonding is a great and effective way to make repairs cheaper and easier than other options such as veneer or crowns
. You may even find that your insurance will cover it.
If you would like more information on dental fillings, dental bonding, or other materials that can be used to restore your teeth, we are here to help! Contact our office Asheboro at (336) 444-2772