Northern Hills Dental ~ Reid Stone, DDS
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Tooth-Colored Fillings

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Your questions are always welcome at Northern Hills Dental. We want you to always be fully informed and comfortable with decisions you make about your family's dental care. Our team has many years of experience and can answer any oral health care questions you have. No question is too big or too small – if it's a concern for you, it's a concern for us, too. 

We've chosen a few questions we hear frequently and shared them below. However, you probably have some of your own, so please contact us if you don't see your question answered here. 

Tooth-Colored Fillings

There is no conclusive proof that the amount of mercury in amalgam fillings is a danger to your health. But many patients are concerned that the presence of mercury may be harmful.

Amalgam fillings – a combination of metals, including mercury – have been widely used because of their strength and durability. They were most often used for strength in very large fillings and for molars, which need to withstand a lot of wear and tear while chewing.

Aside from the concerns about mercury, amalgam fillings are just plain unattractive because they are obvious and also tend to darken over time. Amalgam fillings also tend to shrink over time, pulling away from your tooth and increasing the risk of breaks and cracks that can damage the remaining healthy tooth structure.

With improvements in dental materials, we now have the option to use composite fillings because they are every bit as durable as amalgam. Tooth-colored fillings are very stable, do not shrink, and will provide support for your tooth for many years. Another advantage of composite fillings is that Dr. Stone needs to remove only the decayed portion, leaving more healthy tooth structure intact and further strengthening your natural tooth.

Modern dentistry has really changed the way we do so many things, and improvements in the material used for dental fillings are just one example of how we pass those benefits on to you. Tooth-colored fillings match your natural teeth beautifully and are even more durable than many types of fillings used in the past.

We use a composite resin for tooth-colored fillings. The beauty of this material is that it is durable, resilient, and can be formulated to precisely match your natural tooth color. Since tooth-colored fillings blend so perfectly with your natural teeth, you will not be able to tell where your tooth ends and where the filling begins!

If you would like to see the difference that tooth-colored fillings can make to the appearance of your smile, please give our dental office a call. We can use composite material to replace your old fillings, and you will be thrilled with the beautiful smile we can create for you!

Dental bonding is a treatment offered at Northern Hills Dental that corrects the appearance of a number of cosmetic dental imperfections. Using composite material that looks similar to your natural teeth, we can enhance your smile and strengthen your teeth.

Many of us have something about our smile that we’d like to change or improve. Over the years, advances in new dental materials have given us treatments that can dramatically improve the health and appearance of your smile.

You don’t have to live with teeth that are chipped, cracked, broken, or severely stained. Dental bonding can correct all these problems because the composite material we use looks completely natural and blends perfectly with your own teeth.

Bonding with composite material is an efficient process that can usually be completed in just one office visit, depending on the number of teeth involved. Dr. Stone will prepare the tooth to be treated and then carefully match the bonding material to your natural tooth shade.

Next, he uses a special curing light to bond the material securely to your tooth. Finally he carefully shapes the material to conform to the appearance of your own teeth. The result is a fully functional tooth that is not only attractive, but long-lasting.

Please contact our dental office if you would like more information about bonding and how this treatment can benefit you.


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