In order to address tooth decay issues, as well as contribute to the natural appearance of teeth, Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne recommends tooth-colored fillings for all patients with cavities.
Even the most attentive brushers and flossers may eventually develop cavities, one of the most common dental problems. Fortunately, they are also one of the easiest to remedy. For more than a century, traditional silver and mercury fillings have been used to treat cavities — but these materials have drawbacks.
Metal fillings are susceptible to changes in temperature, and commonly expand and contract in response to heat and cold, compromising the structural integrity of the tooth. Also, they are increasingly scrutinized for their possible health hazards, as they may be prone to leaking dangerous elements into the mouth and bloodstream. Metal fillings can also detract from the brightness and overall aesthetics of your smile.
In light of these issues, tooth-colored fillings have emerged as a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing option. They are substantially more durable than metal fillings, and have similar composure and wear patterns to enamel. The resin-based composite poses no risk of dangerous side effects, and tooth-colored fillings perfectly match the shade of natural teeth. They are the perfect solution for patients who do not want to sacrifice the look of their smile.
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You will meet with Dr. Harrell to get more information and discuss how porcelain fillings could help. We'll also create a computer image of what your new smile will look like. We'll create a plan and your track to superior oral health.
Porcelain fillings are the most effective method for treating cavities
Porcelain can be easily customized to match the shade of your natural teeth so your fillings are almost undetectable
Dental porcelain is as strong as your real teeth with the same stain-resistant quality
Unlike metal fillings, there are no health concerns about porcelain leaking harmful elements into your body
Porcelain doesn’t expand and contract with the temperature like metal fillings, which protects the tooth’s structural integrity
Because cavities can occur on any tooth surface, tooth-colored fillings are very versatile and applicable in many situations. For example, decay between anterior teeth can be cleaned and restored with tooth-colored dental composite, leaving no outward sign of restoration whatsoever.
Placing tooth-colored fillings is a quick and simple process. The decayed portion of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the filling, followed by an application of etching gel. The etch creates microscopic grooves in the teeth which facilitate strong bonding. After the etching gel is rinsed from the tooth, the composite material is placed incrementally. During this phase, light curing is used to harden each layer of the filling, resulting in a durable, indistinguishable restoration.
Dr. Robert Harrell’s primary goal at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne is to provide each patient with the safest and most comprehensive treatment. While composite tooth fillings certainly contribute to the aesthetics of your smile, they are also an incredibly safe and effective option, keeping your restored teeth strong and healthy without risking adverse side effects.
If you are unhappy with your smile for any reason, call or email Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne today to schedule a free, no-obligation smile consultation with Dr. Harrell. During your consultation, a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will look when your treatment is complete. Call us at 704-764-1388 or contact us today!