White Composite Fillings
Have you ever wondered why someone would invent a tooth restoration that sticks out of your smile like a sore thumb? The truth is that metal (amalgam) fillings were the only types of dental fillings that were available for many years. They were affordable and durable, so amalgam continued to reign as the standard tooth filling type. Today, tooth-colored fillings have replaced amalgam as the most accepted type of tooth filling.
Replacing Outdated Metal
At Lasting Smiles of Bethlehem, we choose to be a metal-free dental practice because we feel metal is an inferior material. Newer technology allows patients the option to have their fillings match their natural tooth shade very closely. All of our fillings are created from safe dental composite material or high-grade dental porcelain inlays and onlays, which eliminates any health risks that may be associated with mercury and provides patients with a solution that is virtually invisible.
Metal not only looks out of place, it can expand and contract and cause enamel to break. We often see patients who have actually experienced major tooth damage as a result of old, ineffective metal fillings. If you are interested in replacing metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings in Lansdale, talk to our LVI-trained cosmetic dentist Dr. Stephen Sulzbach about making the switch.
Your Filling Appointment
Dr. Sulzbach is able to complete tooth-colored fillings in a single visit. First, he will numb the treatment area and prepare the tooth by removing any decayed enamel and cleaning the space. Next, the composite material is used to fill the space, applied one layer at a time, and shaped to give your tooth a natural-looking contour.
The filling is then hardened with a curing light and the tooth is polished for a very natural result that blends in perfectly with the rest of your tooth. Dr. Sulzbach will check that the bite feels comfortable and will make any adjustments. After the treatment, he will instruct you on the best way to care for your filling and keep your tooth healthy.
Do You Need a Filling?
Fillings are intended to build strength in teeth that have been damaged. We frequently place fillings for people who have small areas of decay that need to be contained. Tooth-colored fillings are also beneficial for people who have minor tooth chips, cracks, or breaks. If you have an old filling that is causing more harm than good, it may be time for a replacement filling.