A dental filling is used to artificially restore the integrity and function of a tooth structure that has been damaged due to trauma or decay. The office of All Smile Care offers composite tooth-colored fillings that are made to match the natural color of your teeth.
Composite fillings are also known as white fillings and have several benefits as compared to their mercury counterparts. Amalgam fillings are not only visually unappealing but also result in a weaker tooth structure due to their design. Their edges can become weak, break or wear down, creating a breeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria. These fillings can also leak and corrode, causing stains on the gums and teeth. With age and temperature changes in the mouth, amalgam fillings contract and expand, and can eventually split.
Composite fillings effectively restore the strength and functionality of decayed teeth. Patients prefer the natural-looking appearance of these fillings, and dentists love them as they are a metal-free, long-lasting and conservative form of treatment for their patients. The fillings completely blend in with your natural teeth color, giving you the confidence to smile freely.
One of the other advantages of composite fillings is that they can be placed with less preparation of the tooth. This means that less of the natural tooth structure is removed. Once the filling is bonded to the tooth, it supports the tooth structure and adds to its strength.
It generally takes just one appointment for a composite filling to be placed on your tooth. Local anesthesia is administered, and the tooth is cleaned by removing any visible decay. Then the filling is placed and shaped in the cavity and quickly hardened using a curing light.
For more information, please contact our practice for a consultation. You can call us at (978) 234-4334.