What Are Dental Fillings?
In the past, fillings were made of metal, primarily silver amalgam. Today, we offer modern materials to protect your appearance and dental health. Our filling choices include:
- IPS e.max®
- LavaTM Ultimate
- IPS Empress
- Composite resin
Thanks to modern technology, these materials do not simply provide lifelike color and translucence. They are also incredibly strong and durable.
To place a filling, Dr. Whiteman will clean out your cavity. He will remove bacteria to prevent it from spreading. Then he will etch the inside of your tooth to create a strong bond for the filling. After applying a bonding agent to your tooth, he will place the filling in layers. He will cure each layer with a special light for the strongest restoration possible. When the cavity is completely filled in, he will clean and polish the filling so that it blends with your tooth and maintains proper bite alignment.
Tooth-colored Fillings Offer Cosmetic and Functional Benefits
Tooth-colored fillings are quickly changing the way that dentists treat decay. Composite and the various ceramic materials come in a wide range of colors, and Dr. Whiteman will find one that blends naturally with your tooth. The filling material will never change color, so you can enjoy a stunning, natural-looking smile for years to come.
Tooth-colored fillings also offer functional benefits. Metal fillings require much more alteration of your tooth than composite or ceramic restorations. Additionally, these advanced materials form a stronger bond with your tooth. Thus, they can more effectively strengthen your teeth and restore complete dental function. Finally, metal fillings expand and contract in response to temperature changes, and this can dramatically weaken your teeth. In contrast, tooth-colored fillings are stable.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Filling?
Cavities are the most common treatment for cavities. However, if you have a large cavity, a filling may not provide sufficient strength. In this case, Dr. Whiteman may recommend an inlay, onlay, or crown. These custom-made dental restorations are placed over the top of your tooth. Inlays and onlays are designed for the top chewing surfaces of molars, while crowns completely encase the teeth. Alternatively, if the bacteria has spread from your tooth to your dental roots, you may require root canal therapy. Dr. Whiteman uses effective sedation and precise techniques, so root canal treatment involves minimal discomfort.
Find Out if a Filling Is Right for You
Do not let untreated decay compromise your smile. Schedule an appointment at Whiteman Dental Associates today and let us provide the outstanding care you need.