At St. Anthony Village Dental Care, we believe that dentistry can be functional, protective, and beautiful. That is why we choose to offer tooth-colored fillings in our St. Anthony, MN dental office.
If you experience tooth decay, also known as a cavity, we may recommend a filling to restore your smile. Dental decay occurs when bacteria inside your mouth create an acidic environment that softens your enamel.
Decay can eat away at your tooth structure over time, and without treatment, it may cause pain, require a root canal to resolve, or even break the tooth structure. Routine dental x-rays help us to detect decay early so that we can treat it while it is still small.
Silver- mercury (amalgam) fillings, while effective in many ways, can darken your smile by showing shadows through your translucent tooth structure. Additionally, they cause environmental waste concerns and many patients have questions regarding the safety of amalgams.
Composite filling material comes in many shades to match the natural color of your teeth. We will match your shade closely so that your smile is uniform – no one will ever notice you have a filling!
After numbing your tooth, Dr. Joe Osterbauer will remove any signs of decay and damaged tooth structure, leaving only healthy tooth structure behind. He will prepare the area to adhere to the composite material and apply it, layer after layer, until it fills the cavity in your tooth completely.
Next, he will shape, polish, and cure your composite filling. He will also check your bite and make any final adjustments to your new dental restoration to ensure a good fit and a comfortable bite
Benefits of Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings
Unlike old amalgam fillings, composite fillings allow us to leave your healthy tooth structure intact. We remove only the decayed and diseased part of your tooth. This can prolong the life of your tooth and protect it against fractures, cracks, and splitting in the future.
Composite fillings, while attractive, also provide stability once the decay is removed form your tooth. If we have questions about your tooth’s integrity, we may recommend a protective dental crown instead.
Cosmetic Uses for Composite – Dental Bonding
If you have a rough area, chip, or small gap between your teeth, we may be able to improve it using dental bonding. Since we add to your tooth structure without extensive prep work, it helps to maintain the integrity of your teeth while still providing cosmetic advantages.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Next Preventive Appointment
Even if it has been awhile since you have seen a dentist, we can help you get back on track to great oral health. Call our St. Anthony, MN dental office to schedule an exam with Dr. Joe Osterbauer. We look forward to meeting you!
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