Metal-Free Fillings in Middletown, NJ
Safely Replace Your Silver-Mercury Fillings with Composite Fillings
A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture that is used to restore decayed teeth. Tooth decay is usually a result of poor oral hygiene or a diet high in surgar. Composite fillings can also be used to improve the aesthetics of a smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping a disfigured tooth. Our Middletown dental team of Dr. Allan Ruda and Dr. Beth DeAngelis of Navesink Dental Care are 100% mercury and metal-free! Amalgam, or mercury-silver fillings, are done using metals like silver or gold which are easily visible in the mouth. Composite fillings are more discrete since they more closely match the color of the tooth. This is especially important when front teeth are being restored. Unlike metal fillings, the composite material chemically bonds to the tooth structure, which provides further support to the tooth. Composite fillings have increased versatility as they can be used not only as a filling for decay but also to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
Composite fillings are placed much like a traditional filling. The damaged tooth is first numbed to ensure complete comfort throughout the procedure. The composite is then applied in layers, using a light designed to harden the material after each application. After the layers of composite have been applied, the composite is then shaped to fit the tooth. The composite is then polished to prevent staining and early wear.
Composite fillings can be done during one appointment. Anesthesia is necessary in order to allow the dentist to remove decay and apply medication to further protect nerve endings. We shape and smooth the filling to ensure that your tooth retains its authentic look and feel. Patients should be prepared to notice some temporary temperature sensitivity for a period of time after fillings are done.
If you are interested in learning more about replacing your silver fillings, or want more information on natural-looking composite fillings, contact Red Bank, NJ family dentist Dr. Allan Ruda.