dental fillings

Dental Fillings

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We hate to break it to you, but even if you brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist as recommended, the chances are good that you will need a filling at some point in your life.

If you have a cavity that needs to be filled, Nashville cosmetic dentist Dr. Brian Devine can repair the damage and install a beautiful, functional, tooth-colored filling. Also known as a composite filling or a white filling, a tooth-colored filling will be matched to the shade of your other natural teeth, making your new restoration indistinguishable.

What is a tooth-colored filling?

A tooth-colored filling consists of glass or quartz filler, contained in a resin medium. This type of filling is recommended for small cavities or areas of tooth decay.

We also can install a tooth-colored filling to replace older dental work – especially those old metal amalgam fillings that have started to fail or fallen out.

Why choose a tooth-colored filling?

A filling made of composite materials will expand and contract at the same rate as your natural teeth. A metallic filling, however, does not expand or contract in this fashion, increasing the likelihood of a fractured tooth. Sometimes, metal fillings simply fall out leaving a tooth sensitive and exposed. This can cost you time and money, as well as force you to endure a significant amount of discomfort. Therefore, tooth-colored fillings will last much longer and are a healthier option for your teeth.

The aesthetics of tooth-colored fillings are considered one of the main advantages. A metal filling will create an unsightly dark patch in your smile, even if it is installed on one of your back teeth. Patients often complain that their old metal fillings make their teeth look gray. A composite filling, however, blends seamlessly in your mouth. It will look completely natural.

A tooth-colored filling also is metal-free, making it ideal for any individual suffering from a metal allergy. Did you know that one of the most common types of metal allergies in people is nickel? Nickel also is one of the most common materials used to make metal amalgam fillings.

Other benefits of a tooth-colored filling include:

  • Installation of a tooth-colored filling retains a greater quantity of your natural tooth structure
  • A significantly diminished likelihood of failure, because the filling is bonded directly to the tooth

What can I expect during the installation of a tooth-colored filling?

While every patient has different needs, we usually can install a tooth-colored filling in a single appointment.

After administering a local anesthetic to guarantee you do not feel any discomfort during the procedure, your Nashville dentist prepares the tooth by removing the cavity (or old filling) and any tooth structure that has been damaged due to decay. Next, your tooth is cleaned and prepared with a special adhesive, which will be used to bond the filling to your tooth. Once cosmetic dentist, Dr. Devine, places the filling into the tooth, he expertly shapes the filling to blend in and look natural. Then, the filling is hardened through the use of a special light.

Composite Fillings in Nashville

To learn more about tooth-colored fillings or any of our other dental services, contact Devine Dentistry by calling (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.

Devine Dentistry is proud to provide total oral care for patients in the middle Tennessee communities of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville.