Old amalgam fillings are unattractive and leave your teeth vulnerable to further decay. Today, dentists at Newman Family Dentistry use only composite fillings. Rather than introducing metals including mercury into your mouth, composite fillings are a mix of non-reactive synthetic materials that provide a firm bond to the surface of the tooth. These tooth-colored fillings look better, last longer, and prevent further damage to the tooth.
The most obvious benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they're practically invisible against your natural teeth. But there are several other benefits of composite fillings over amalgam you may not be aware of:
Years ago, composite fillings tended to wear out long before amalgam, but materials and techniques have advanced significantly since then. When properly applied and cared for, our tooth-colored fillings generally last five years or more, eliminating your worry and the need for frequent return trips to the dentist’s office.
Depending on the extent of the work needed to repair a tooth, we can usually remove the decayed portion and fit your fillings in the same appointment. Our process generally includes these steps:
One of our dentists in Indianapolis or Carmel may recommend a root canal for teeth with deep decay. If time is short or if you prefer to spread out the time in the dental chair temporary fillings are available, which will later be replaced with permanent composite resin fillings.
The results are always natural-looking and durable.
Just like your natural teeth, fillings need to be cared for so they last a long time:
We encourage our patients to visit us at Newman Family Dentistry at least twice per year (every six months) to keep that smile looking and feeling great. In addition to cosmetic fillings and dental cleanings, we can help you develop a dental health routine to keep your smile healthy for years to come. We encourage you to schedule an appointment at our Indianapolis or Carmel dental office today. Our team can answer any questions, and will work hard to make sure you feel comfortable and taken care of.