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.
Dental fillings are placed to restore damaged and decayed tooth structure that has been removed or broken as a result of trauma or infection. Dental fillings are an important general dentistry procedure that supports your long term dental health and the stability of your smile.
Why Choose White Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings made of composite resin materials are metal-free, highly adhesive to tooth structure, and color-matched to your smile for a seamless result. 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. The composite resin is cured to the tooth surface, creating a stable and lasting seal that is considered 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, made from safe materials 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 completed in a single visit using a local anesthetic which will numb the area. Dr. Moore will gently apply a topical anesthetic and then use a local to numb your tooth and surrounding tissue.
Once the area is cleaned, any damaged or decayed tooth structure is carefully removed with the goal of preserving as much as possible in the process. The filling material is colorized to match your smile and gently sculpted into place for a comfortable bite and stable fit. 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 do need to be replaced. 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 before they need to be checked and replaced. 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 as patients are able to choose materials that can be made to 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.