Dr. Young uses Dental Fillings to restore teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. After removing the decay and cleaning the area, Dr. Young adds this composite filling material.
We take great care to make your dental fillings have the strength that you need and still look as natural as possible, which is why metal fillings are rarely used in today's dentistry.
Why Replace Silver Mercury Fillings?
In addition to being more aesthetically pleasing, tooth-colored composite fillings, unlike metal fillings, can strengthen teeth by bonding directly to the tooth's surface.
When should I get a Dental Crown over a filling?
We recommend you switch to dental crowns when your tooth can no longer support a dental filling in the long term. Dr. Young loves composite material because it allows him to remove a smaller portion of the natural tooth versus the silver amalgam fillings during the filling process, making it a less invasive repair.
What is a Composite Filling?
Composite filling material is made up of a mixture of porcelain or quartz that is then mixed with a resin that will harden when it dries. It is a tooth-colored material, that can be shaded to blend in with your natural tooth giving you a flawless look. It would take a trained eye to spot this filling. This is a durable material that is strong and should last you several years. In years past, composite fillings were known to be less durable than silver amalgam, this is no longer true. Composite fillings are resistant to cracks and fracture in small to medium sized restorations. Composite filler can even be used in back molars, the material is strong enough to withstand normal chewing pressure.
Composite Fillings for Aesthetics
Composite fillings can be used for Aesthetic repair, including chips and cracks in your teeth. At Trent Young, DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we frequently use composite filling to repair front teeth. This treatment is known as aesthetic bonding, or composite bonding. This process is much less expensive than other methods including dental veneers or crowns. Aesthetic bonding is a great solution offering a cost efficient, fast, temporary fix. It does not last as long as dental veneers or crowns and does not offer the same strength, but is a wonderful alternative when needed.
Our Salem, OR office is available to answer your questions on Dental Fillings and Composite Bonding. Call us today at: (503) 363-0292