Tooth Fillings

We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Tooth colored composite fillings are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.

Composite fillings have the advantage of blending in to your natural tooth structure, while providing the durability and resistance needed from the constant stress of chewing.  Fillings usually are a one appointment visit, and here is what you can expect at our office:

  1. Drs. Howard or Walker remove any decay and existing filling present.
  2. The tooth is prepared with etch and a bonding agent to condition the tooth for the resin composite. Once the bonding agent is applied, a “curing light” will be used to harden the bonding agent.
  3. Composite is placed in the tooth and hardened using the curing light. It is shaped to resemble your natural tooth structure.
  4. Using articulating paper, your bite will be checked and adjusted if needed.  The tooth is then polished and finished up!

If at any time after your appointment you notice your bite feels off or you have sensitivity, please contact our office and we will get you in as soon as possible to make any necessary adjustments.