Dental fillings are a common and essential dental treatment that many individuals require at some point in their lives. Whether you're experiencing tooth decay, a cavity, or minor damage to your teeth, dental fillings can help restore your oral health and maintain your beautiful smile. Dr. Thomas Pardue at Hickory Heights Dental in Hickory, NC, is here to provide you with top-notch dental care, including composite dental fillings.
You need a dental filling when you have tooth decay, a cavity, or minor damage to your teeth caused by factors like accidents, injuries, or worn-out fillings. Dental fillings are essential for restoring the affected tooth's structure, preventing further damage, and ensuring your oral health.
Composite dental fillings are tooth-colored and blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
The first step in the composite dental filling procedure involves preparing the affected tooth. Dr. Thomas Pardue will remove any decayed or damaged tooth structure, leaving behind a clean and healthy surface.
Once the tooth is prepared, a bonding agent is applied to help the composite material adhere securely to the tooth's surface.
Next, the tooth-colored composite material is carefully applied and shaped to restore the natural contour of the tooth. It is then hardened with a special curing light.
One of the primary benefits of composite dental fillings is their natural appearance. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, which are silver in color and can be conspicuous, composite fillings seamlessly blend with your teeth. This means that no one will notice you've had dental work done, allowing you to smile confidently.
Composite fillings require less removal of healthy tooth structure compared to amalgam fillings. This means that more of your natural tooth can be preserved, promoting long-term oral health.
Composite fillings are versatile and can be used for various dental restorations, from filling cavities to repairing chipped or cracked teeth. They can also be used to change the shape or color of a tooth for cosmetic purposes.
At Hickory Heights Dental, we offer composite dental fillings, which are a modern and aesthetically pleasing option for restoring damaged or decayed teeth. These fillings are composed of a blend of resin and glass particles, resulting in a tooth-colored material that matches the shade of your natural teeth. This makes them virtually indistinguishable, ensuring that your smile remains beautiful and natural-looking.
Yes, composite fillings are highly durable and can withstand normal biting forces. They are an excellent choice for both front and back teeth.
Composite fillings do not require any special maintenance. However, it's essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing and flossing, to ensure the longevity of your dental fillings.
Composite fillings can last for many years, but their lifespan may vary depending on factors like oral hygiene, diet, and the location of the filling. Dr. Thomas Pardue will monitor the condition of your fillings during your regular dental check-up