When you have a cavity, you need it repaired to protect your smile from further damage. Our practice utilizes a variety of dental fillings to fix teeth that have been compromised by cavities. We strive to select the right dental fillings for your smile, and with choices like tooth-colored fillings that preserve your natural appearance or the comfort of no-drill air abrasion fillings, your teeth can be as good as new! Dr. Kelly Blair even performs silver filling removal to help patients regain their all-white smile.
Air Abrasion Fillings
In the past, when it came to repairing slightly damaged teeth with a filling, the first step would be to remove a portion of the tooth using a dental drill. As you can imagine, the heat, sound, and vibration caused by this tool could be very uncomfortable for a patient. This is why our practice has decided to ditch the drill and use air abrasion to place our fillings. Using just a small stream of air and microscopic silicate particles, we can quickly and painless repair your teeth in the most efficient way imaginable.
If you're embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark dental fillings in your teeth, you may be a good candidate for dental fillings made of composite resins. A silicon dioxide-filled tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite dental fillings can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite dental fillings represent several advantages over traditional silver or amalgam dental fillings.
Because composite dental fillings are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know that you have dental fillings. Another pro is that the tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes.
Medium and small composites can easily last seven to ten years – that’s as long as traditional amalgam fillings. Best of all, composite dental fillings allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.