Composite Dental Fillings

If you are experiencing discomfort in your teeth, you may be in need of a filling. Tooth sensitivity is an effective indicator of decay or fracture inside a tooth. Sometimes, however, problems are undetectable except by a trained dental professional using technologies in magnification and x-ray to discover decay before it advances and causes pain and weakening of the tooth structure. 

When you come in for an evaluation, Dr. Louis Shelton or Dr. Grant Shelton will perform a thorough evaluation to direct you to the appropriate dental treatment for your situation. We typically recommend fillings as the best solution for restoring teeth that have mild to moderate tooth decay, chipping, or cracks. 

At Perry Dental Associates, we rely on high-quality materials, latest technologies, and advanced techniques to create restorations for our patients. Our goal is to deliver results that are designed to be virtually undetectable. 

Composite Fillings are the most common alternative to dental amalgam (metal fillings). They are sometimes called “tooth-colored” or “white” fillings because of their color. Composite fillings are made of a type of resin reinforced with powdered ceramic filler. Composite resin is often placed in layers to build up the final restoration, then cured with an ultra-violet light. This light energy speeds up a chemical reaction of the components causing the soft material to harden and bond to the tooth. This material is considered safe. The color (shade) of composite resins can be customized to closely match surrounding teeth. This resin and ceramic mixture contains no metal and can be shaped to resemble a real tooth. It is usually hard to tell that a tooth has even been filled!                                                                                                                             

Benefits of Composite Resin Restorations:

  • Preferred white/natural-looking color
  • Better for smaller cavities
  • Preservation of more tooth structure

Cavity Prevention — What can I do to prevent the need for a filling?

The best way to fight cavities and maintain healthy gums and teeth is to maintain a habit of proper oral hygiene. Here are 5 ways to ward off tooth decay and prevent cavities:

  1. Visit our office for a comprehensive oral exam and regular cleanings.
  2. Brush after meals and use an antimicrobial mouthwash.
  3. Drink more water and cut back on sugary and acidic drinks.
  4. Develop the habit of flossing every night.
  5. Avoid smoking.

There is no substitute for natural teeth, but at Perry Dental Associates we are committed to arresting decay and rebuilding remaining tooth structure to preserve a beautiful, healthy smile. For more information, call our office today! Perry Dental Associates Phone Number (478) 987-2402