General Dental Services
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
Closing space between two teeth.
Cracked or broken teeth.
How are composite fillings placed?
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
Reasons for amalgam fillings:
Cracked or broken teeth.
What does getting an amalgam filling involve?
Amalgam fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleansed and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The silver filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when amalgam fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given post-care instructions at the completion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
Replacing Your Amalgam (Silver) Fillings
There has been a lot of discussion over the years about the mercury content in amalgam fillings or gold filling restorations. The good news is that the mercury levels in any one patients fillings are not enough to pose a health threat. On the downside, amalgam fillings do require more tooth removal than composite fillings and they are more susceptible to corrosion. With composite fillings, Dr. Cheri Neal at Stonegate Meadows Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry can create a more aesthetic, durable solution.
Repairing Your Old or Broken Fillings
Its a fact: old amalgam fillings were not made to last forever. If your fillings are 10 years or older, you may want to consider replacing them before they break and your risk having to have a crown or more extensive dentistry. Dr. Cheri Neal can easily remove your old amalgam fillings and replace them with attractive, long-lasting colored composite resin fillings.