Composite Fillings

At Professional Lane  Dental, the days of dark, metal fillings are over. With advanced technology and modern materials at their office in Dothan, Al, our team offers tooth-colored fillings to all of their patients. Tooth-colored fillings restore decayed teeth to their natural shape and size. They match the exact shade of your teeth, so they look natural and blend in with the rest of your smile. To schedule an appointment for a tooth-colored filling, call Professional Lane  Dentall or book a visit online today.

Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings

Fillings Q&A

What are fillings?

Fillings are dental restorations that rebuild the natural shape and size of your tooth after the team at Professional Lane  Dental removes its decayed portion. In the past, most fillings have been made out of metal materials. When placed on your tooth, they’re noticeably dark and unnatural-looking.

At Professional Lane  Dental, the team offers tooth-colored fillings. Also called white fillings, these restorations are made of composite resin. Resin is a material that comes in many different shades to blend in with the natural color of your teeth.

Why should I choose tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings offer many advantages over traditional amalgam fillings, including:

Improved appearance

Amalgam fillings consist of metals, so they look dark when you open your mouth or smile. By comparison, tooth-colored fillings look almost identical to the shade of your teeth.

Better tooth preservation

The team applies composite resin as a liquid and hardens it with an LED light later. The material can fill in small crevices in a way that metal fillings can’t. As a result, the team doesn’t have to remove as much of your natural tooth structure to place a tooth-colored filling as they do with an amalgam filling.

Advanced safety

Amalgam fillings contain mercury, which can lead to serious health complications even in small amounts. Tooth-colored fillings don’t contain mercury, so they’re safe during all stages of life, including pregnancy. Patients with metal allergies may also find white fillings more comfortable than their silver counterparts.

How are tooth-colored fillings placed?

Removing the decayed portion of your tooth is essential when placing a filling. Once your tooth is completely free of decay, the team cleans any leftover debris to prepare for your filling. They apply the filling material in layers, ensuring every small crevice is coated and protected.

After applying a layer of composite resin, the team hardens the material with an LED light. They repeat this process until your tooth has returned to its natural shape and size.

Tooth-colored fillings strengthen and protect vulnerable teeth against further damage. To find out if composite resin fillings are right for you, call Professional Lane  Dental or schedule an appointment online today.

Composite Fillings

At Professional Lane Dental Dothan dentist, Dr. Joseph Dougherty and Dr. Trenton Dunford use composite fillings as a treatment method for tooth decay. If you live in Dothan, AL or surrounding area and are looking for a natural-looking restoration, we encourage you to call (334) 792-0997 and schedule an appointment.

Our team has the necessary experience with placing these tooth-colored fillings and can work to ensure that the patient is comfortable throughout the procedure. This is one of our most frequently used procedures, since a filling is typically placed after removing tooth decay (common cavities). If you have amalgam fillings now, we can even replace them with composite ones. To learn more, call and schedule a dental examination.

Composite Fillings

The Benefits of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling

We can place a composite resin filling fairly quickly. This is an affordable and durable restoration that will look similar to a regular tooth. We make sure to complete the procedure in a way that is comfortable, effective, and fast. In some situations, depending on the patient and the position of where the filling will go, we can complete a filling every 30 minutes. If you live in the Dothan area, we encourage you to consider the many benefits of getting tooth-colored fillings instead of amalgam ones.

Composite Fillings

Silver vs. Tooth-Colored Filling: What You Should Know

Tooth-colored fillings are safer for your health since they consist of resin or a plastic material. Silver fillings are typically not silver, but a metal alloy that includes several materials with mercury among them. There have been numerous health warnings regarding the overexposure to mercury, which is why pregnant women are warned to stay away from tuna. While many people believe amalgam fillings are perfectly safe, the data can be contradictory from study to study. If you want to avoid the risks that come with mercury exposure, select tooth-colored fillings, or replace your existing silver fillings. Visit our Dothan, Al dental office for more information.