The Charlotte, NC dental office of Dr. During Moore is a mercury-free dental practice. This means we place dental fillings and restorations that do not contain mercury for the overall health and wellness of our patients.
Your dentist places dental fillings to restore damaged and decayed tooth structure. Trauma and infection can cause severe damage to your teeth. Dental fillings are an important general dentistry procedure that repairs the damage that infections create. Support your long term dental health and the stability of your smile with a quick and painless treatment.
Why Choose White Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings made of composite resin materials are metal-free, highly adhesive to tooth structure, and matches the color of surrounding teeth. Dr. Moore places this type of filling to address tooth decay and minor damage in children and adults.
The unique properties of this material allow for a less invasive procedure and durable results. Additionally, the material creates a stable and lasting seal that is superior to amalgam fillings. This helps minimize the risk for future decay or the breakdown of the filling material.
Do You Repair Dental Fillings?
Yes. Dr. Moore can repair or replace a damaged filling. If you have old, leaking or damaged silver fillings we can replace them with natural looking white fillings for an instant smile makeover.
Composite resin fillings are easier to repair than more traditional options. Composite resin is a safe material that will not present any concerns if damage occurs.
Routine dental care plays an important role in the maintenance of your oral health and the integrity of dental fillings. Visiting with our dentist in Charlotte, NC on a regular basis enables our dental care team to spot any signs of damage or instability early on, when conservative measures can resolve the issue.
About the Dental Filling Process
The dental filling process is typically complete in a single visit. First, Dr. Moore will gently apply a topical anesthetic and then use a local anesthetic to numb your surrounding tissue. This means that you won’t feel the needle!
Once Dr. Moore cleans out the area, he will carefully remove decayed tooth structures with the goal of preserving as much as possible in the process. Then he applies the resin and gently sculpts it into place for a comfortable bite and stable fit. He will tint the filling material to match your smile. The final step is to cure the material with a special handheld light and polish the surface for a smooth, natural texture.
Dental Filling FAQs
Do fillings ruin your teeth?
Fillings fix damaged teeth, not ruin them. However, they may need periodic replacement. If you leave a filling for too long is can cause other dental issues, such as infections and tooth decay. Depending on the material of your filling, some may be more harmful to the body than others.
How long do fillings last in your teeth?
Fillings typically last between 10 and 12 years. Depending on their material they may last shorter, or longer than that window. Metal is the longest lasting material, but it is increasingly becoming less popular. One example why is because patients are able to choose more less-noticeable materials that match the color of their teeth.
Can a dentist hit a nerve when doing a filling?
Dentists can hit a nerve while doing a filling, but only if the filling is very deep. This is not very common. Most patients who have fillings use an anesthetic to decrease discomfort and pain throughout their filling procedure. If your dentist does hit a nerve while doing a filling, that area may be sensitive for a few weeks post-procedure.