Don't Let Cavities Ruin Your Smile
No longer does getting a dental filling mean having a smile full of metal. We use tooth-colored composite fillings that create a seamless, natural look. No one but us will know that you've had a dental filling—and our lips are sealed!
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings
Having dental work done can be a stressful experience if you don't know what to expect. Here are the answers to the most common questions we get about dental fillings.
Dental cavities are bacterial infections that begin eating away at the structure of your tooth. When a tooth is affected by cavities, it begins to decay and may cause pain and sensitivity. A dental filling replaces (or fills) the part of the tooth that is missing due to decay and restores the structure and function of the tooth.
Dental fillings may also be used to restore chipped or cracked teeth.
Old silver amalgam fillings can expand, crack, and crack teeth—sometimes causing more problems than they were designed to fix. Replacing them with tooth-colored fillings restores the natural color and appearance of your teeth while helping to protect them from further cracking and breakdown.
Years ago, silver amalgam was the best option dentists had for protecting teeth from further decay. However, we now know that these contain mercury, which can be unsafe in certain quantities. While the FDA has labeled silver amalgam fillings safe for adults and children over six years old, many dentists have rightly steered away from placing new silver amalgam fillings—instead opting for tooth-colored fillings made from a harmless composite resin. If your silver fillings are cracked or failing, or if you have an allergy or sensitivity to certain metals, we encourage you to consider having your fillings replaced.
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