Repair Damaged Teeth with Tooth-colored Dental Fillings
Many of our patients have had cavities repaired in the past with amalgam fillings. While this is an effective treatment, metal fillings stand out obviously against the tooth's enamel. At Astoria Dental Group, our doctors place cosmetic, tooth-colored dental fillings for patients in the Queens area. These fillings, which are made from composite resin, are not only more attractive than traditional restorations, but can maintain and even improve the structure of your teeth as well. Dr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every-Degel can halt the advancement of cavities, as well as replace your old amalgam fillings, with new composite resin restorations. If you have been diagnosed with a cavity and would like more information about how tooth-colored fillings can improve the health and appearance of your smile, please contact our office and schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
Placing a Filling
When you come into our office to have your tooth-colored fillings placed, your doctor will perform a thorough evaluation of your dental health, including a screening for oral cancer. When your examination has been completed, your dentist will begin to prepare your tooth by cleaning the treatment area and removing any decay. If you are having an old amalgam filling replaced, your doctor will remove the metal and clean any debris from the area.
Once the tooth has been sufficiently prepared, your doctor will isolate it using devices that are designed to prevent moisture from affecting the composite resin material's ability to bond. Your dentist will match the color of the filling to the shade of your natural teeth to produce a completely natural-looking result. Next, your dentist will apply composite resin to the treatment area and sculpt it into place so that it does not affect the function of your bite. When your doctor is satisfied with the appearance of the filling, they will use a specialized ultraviolet dental light that will cure and harden the composite material.
Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings
Compared to amalgam restorations, the most obvious benefit of tooth-colored fillings is their ability to seamlessly integrate with your smile. Even upon close inspection, cosmetic fillings are virtually indistinguishable from the natural structure of your teeth. Fillings made from composite resin have become more popular as a greater number of people choose not to place metal in their bodies. While there is no definitive evidence documenting the adverse effects of fillings containing mercury, many patients simply prefer not to have them.
Additionally, fillings made from composite resin do not expand and contract with temperature changes the way that metal restorations do. Over time, the expansion and contraction of metal fillings can crack or otherwise damage your teeth. Composite fillings are extremely stable and actually improve the strength and structure of your bite.
Schedule a Consultation
With timely treatment, a cavity can have little impact on the function and aesthetics of your smile. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of having your teeth repaired with composite resin fillings, please contact our office and make an appointment with one of our doctors.