Dental Fillings | Tooth Colored and Non-Mercury
When decay (cavity), a crack in the enamel, or a chip, compromises the structure of a tooth, we use a filling to prevent further damage. Often, these areas have gone undetected by the patient until the dentist finds them in a routine check up or with a laser (Diagnodent). We use only tooth-colored mercury-free filling materials or porcelain custom made restorations. We will never put mercury in your mouth and we wouldn’t put it in our mouths either. Several patients have come to Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry to have their old silver fillings replaced with beautiful new tooth colored “white” fillings. See pictures of these cases in our smile gallery.
If you need a filling in Myrtle Beach, please call (843) 903-3111 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Dustin Holladay at Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry.
The Filling Procedure
We usually use local anesthesia to make your filling procedure comfortable. We gently remove the decayed or damaged area of your tooth and replace it with filling material. Dr. Holladay takes care to remove as little tooth structure as possible while providing a good bond for the filling material. He then polishes the tooth and checks for proper occlusion (fit between the upper and lower teeth). This is a quick easy procedure that can make a huge difference in your smile. Not only that, but it can also help protect you from TMJ problems or a bite that feels off.
In some cases where the decay is too great, we may recommend other solutions. One option may be to use veneers which are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded on to the tooth. They give the appearance of a very natural looking smile and can correct other cosmetic problems.
The other option is a porcelain crown. Crowns generally fit over the whole tooth after what is left of the existing tooth is prepped to receive the dental crown. These are also very strong and natural looking and can last for many years to come.
What To Do After Getting A Dental Filling
Because there are so many new advancements in dentistry and the materials that can fix teeth, you might want to slack on oral hygiene. However, when we get our teeth fixed, we need to take pride in the restored health and appearance of our smile. Brushing and flossing regularly can help ensure your smile stays healthy. Too often people who get their teeth fixed are back in the office later because they didn’t take care of them after treatment. Prevention of cavities will keep you out of the dental office and your hard earned money in your pocket.
To learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, please call (843) 903-3111 today for an appointment with Myrtle Beach cosmetic dentist Dr. Dustin Holladay. We look forward to your call!