Composite (White) Fillings
Dental decay is so common that, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 95% of American adults can expect to have at least one filling during their lifetime.
In the past, fillings were made of a blend of metals that could affect the appearance of your smile because of their dark silver color. Additionally, they required the removal of a large amount of tooth structure to be effective.
At Charlotte Progressive Dentistry, we offer tooth-colored composite fillings that will match the shade of your natural teeth.
The Cause of Tooth Decay
Bacteria that grow in your mouth and feed off of the food particles in and around your teeth create an acidic environment. This acid softens the protective enamel that covers your teeth, causing tooth decay. Once bacteria breach the protective outer enamel of your teeth, they can cause extensive damage to the softer dentin, leading to pain, the need for a root canal, or even tooth loss.
The best way to prevent decay is to have a good home dental hygiene routine that includes brushing at least twice daily, flossing daily, eating a healthy diet, and having routine professional dental cleanings. No matter how diligent you are at brushing and flossing your teeth, you cannot reach all areas of your teeth by brushing and flossing alone. Dental hygienists have the training and tools available to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth such as beneath your gum line and between your teeth. Check out what Dr. Junco has to say on the best ways to take care of your oral health!
Composite Filling Procedures
When we place fillings for our patients, we start first by ensuring that you feel completely comfortable for your procedure by placing anesthetic, if necessary. Next, Dr. Greg Camp or Dr. Susana Junco will gently remove every trace of decay inside your tooth. We will then prepare your tooth to receive the composite filling. We will match the composite to the shade of your tooth, fill the cavity with composite material, and cure it.
The final step will be to polish your new filling so that it has the same shiny appearance as your natural tooth. No one will notice you have a filling, even when you laugh and smile!
You will be able to chew on your composite filling right away. It should feel comfortable, though some residual sensitivity for a few weeks is normal, especially with cold foods and beverages.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
We can use the same composite material to make minor cosmetic repairs to your teeth, including repairing small chips and gaps. Dental bonding is an affordable and non-invasive way to improve the appearance of your smile.
Call Us for Your Next Dental Appointment
Contact our Charlotte, NC dental office today to schedule your next dental appointment. We look forward to helping you improve the health and appearance of your smile with high-quality dental care in our comfortable and friendly office.
Dental work shown courtesy of Glidewell Dental Laboratory