Dental Fillings | Tooth Colored and Non-Mercury

tooth colored fillingsWhen a tooth’s structure has been compromised by decay (cavity), a crack in the enamel, or a chip, a filling is required 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).

Dr. Holladay ONLY uses 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. We have several patients that come to Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry to have their old silver fillings replaced with beautiful new tooth colored “white” fillings. Pictures are available of these cases.

The Filling Procedure

Typically, local anesthesia is used. The decayed or damaged area of your tooth will be gently removed and replaced with filling material. Care is taken to remove as little of the tooth structure as possible while providing a good bond for the filling material. The tooth will then be polished and checked 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.

In some cases where the decay is too great, other solutions may be needed.  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 be used to 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 are used to fix teeth, it is easy to get a little slack in taking care of our teeth.  However, when we get our teeth fixed and those bright white fillings have made our teeth look so much better, we need to be sure and take care of them by brushing and flossing regularly.  To often we see people who get their teeth fixed only to be back in the office later because they didn’t take care of them after the treatment.  Prevention of cavities will keep you out of the dental office and your hard earned money in your pocket.