White Composite Dental Fillings

Dentists use dental fillings to help repair and protect teeth damaged or cracked due to cavities, dental trauma, or dental decay. The experts at Dr. Yeh and Associates apply composite fillings directly to the affected area of teeth for improved stabilization, protection, and cosmetics

Dr. Yeh and Associates are Mercury-Free Dentists

Since amalgam fillings were once popular, many people still have mercury and silver fillings in their mouths from years past. Obviously, silver fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and know that by unavoidable design. More importantly, silver and mercury fillings can weaken dental structures and potentially leak mercury into the bloodstream.

Instead, we opt for tooth-colored fillings composed of biocompatible ceramic resin. Not only are tooth-colored fillings unnoticeable, but they also add strength to weakened teeth thanks to new bonding technologies. 

Procedure

The entire tooth-filling process is typically relatively straightforward and ensures your dental health remains at peak performance. Once our dentist identifies the area affected by decay and damage, they thoroughly clean it and effectively shape it with composite filling material to “fill” the empty area. Then, the dentist cures the bonding material with light to harden it into place. After the dental filling has been applied, the dentist will then sand and polish it so that it is both restored aesthetically and structurally. 

Need More Information about Dental Fillings in Montclair, NJ?

Composite fillings can restore the wellness and brilliance of damaged and decayed teeth, resulting in a healthy, beautiful smile. If you’re looking for dental filling dentists near Montclair, Bloomfield, or surrounding areas, look no further. Book your next dental appointment at Dr. Yeh and Associates by calling (973) 338-9595 or messaging us online.

Additionally, feel free to read through our frequently asked questions about tooth-colored fillings (and make sure to write and down and bring your other questions to your next dental appointment at our Bloomfield, NJ, dental office): 

1. How long do fillings take?

A dental filling is usually a short, simple dental procedure. Typically, they take 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the size, location, and type of cavity (or if you’re replacing past silver fillings).

2. Silver vs. Tooth-Colored Fillings: Which is better?

Most modern dentists prefer (and solely offer) composite, tooth-colored fillings. While silver cavity fillings have been used for years, they come with many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, break, or weaken. Consequently, the tooth is vulnerable to decay again. Also, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split with age. Silver fillings contain 50% mercury, which can corrode, leak, and stain the teeth and gums.

Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with composite restorations, which offer many advantages. Tooth-colored fillings prevent tooth decay and generally require less preparation. The composite-resin material mimics natural teeth and is generally healthier for gums!  

3. How long do tooth fillings last?

Dental fillings can last several years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.