A dental filling is a restorative dentistry treatment that is used to repair a small tooth fracture, tooth decay or damage to the structure of your teeth. There are a variety of dental filling materials, including composite, porcelain, and silver amalgam.
Fillings can also be used to treat or repair cracked, broken, or misused teeth. Fillings are sometimes necessary to restore the function and structure of damaged or unhealthy teeth. At Stanley, our family dentistry can invisibly repair and protect damaged teeth or replace unattractive metallic fillings with ones that mimic the look, feel, and function of natural teeth.
Most dental filling procedures involve the following treatment:
- Topical anesthetic to numb the area of treatment
- Decay removal of the affected teeth
- Tooth restoration using a composite or amalgam filling
- A bite check to make sure your teeth align comfortably
Stanley Dentistry provides tooth-colored fillings for patients. Tooth-colored fillings are made from durable plastics called composite resins. The fillings are similar in color and texture to natural teeth. The advantages to tooth-colored fillings are that they are less noticeable and more attractive than other fillings.
Composite resins are preferable for most patients since the team at Stanley can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites also bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
Removal and Replacement of Metal Fillings
Have old metal fillings that you'd like replaced? We will work with you to remove and replace your metal fillings. With the use of tooth-colored fillings, we can give you back your natural-looking smile!
Most metal fillings are dental amalgam – a stable alloy made up of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and other metals. Replacing metal fillings can also give your smile a stronger, healthier outlook, as composite materials have more strength and durability than the dental amalgams of the past. At Stanley Dentistry, these fillings can be easily removed and replaced with composite resins to give you back the aesthetic look of your smile!