Are you concerned about tooth decay or cavities? Do you have cracked and chipped teeth?
Preserve natural teeth and prevent tooth extraction with dental fillings in Charlotte, North Carolina. This routine general dental procedure can be performed in just one visit to our office. Dr. Greg Reece will assess your teeth and gums before treatment and will review your budget and goals to ensure fillings are right for you. Treatment at Dentistry of the Queen City is personalized to each and every patient’s needs.
Dental Fillings in Charlotte, NC
Fillings benefit patients who have damaged or infected teeth. Dental fillings can:
- Seal out tooth decay
- Reinforce a stable bite
- Blend in with the color of natural teeth
- Provide a durable restoration
If you require cavity treatment or need to replace a broken or old dental filling, Dr. Reece can help. At your next consultation, Dr. Reece will examine your teeth and gums to determine if you require a resin or metal filling, or an inlay or onlay.
Resin vs. Metal Dental Fillings
There are two common types of dental fillings: resin and metal fillings. Learn more about each option below:
Resin or “white” fillings are made out of composite resin material. Because they are a white color they can blend in with teeth for a more natural look. The composite resin is placed in layers and then cured with a light so they harden and adhere to teeth. Resin fillings support the remaining tooth structure and can help prevent teeth from breaking. This treatment option can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth. Less tooth structure is removed to prepare for “white” fillings.
Metal fillings or silver amalgam fillings are made of silver, tin, copper, and zinc. These fillings may not blend in with teeth but are highly durable. With the correct dental care, metal fillings often last patients for up to 15 years. Metal fillings can also stand up to the biting and chewing forces of the jaw.
Inlays and Onlays
In addition to resin or metal fillings, if the affected tooth is larger, or the decay is substantial, Dr. Reece may recommend an inlay or onlay. An inlay fits inside the top edges of the tooth and an onlay extends over the cusps of the treated tooth. Inlays and onlays are created from a single, solid piece that is adhered to the tooth that is being treated.
Dental Fillings FAQs
How long do fillings last in your teeth?
Fillings typically last up to 12 years. Fillings are more commonly made of a composite, rather than metal. This material may be slightly less durable than metal, but it is made to blend in to match the color of your teeth.
Is getting a filling painful?
Fillings can be a painful experience for some patients, while others may feel zero pain at all. Dentists may use an anesthetic prior to doing a filling, especially if it is a deep cavity. Cavities are only painful if they hit a nerve.
Can mercury fillings cause health problems?
The long-term effects of mercury fillings are definitely a concern, and a large reason that mercury is not used in fillings anymore. Mercury fillings can cause mercury poising, insomnia, nerve damage, respiratory failure, and kidney issues. They are also known to cause headaches and migraines in patients.
Schedule a Dental Exam with our Dentist in Charlotte, NC
Do you need a dental filling, inlay, or onlay? Call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704.486.8911 or request an appointment today. Dr. Reece will make sure that you receive comfortable, high-quality, and comprehensive treatment in his Charlotte, NC office. If you have any questions about dental fillings or inlays and onlays, let Dr. Reece know at your next appointment. He will clarify your dental options for you. Taking your budget, dental concerns, and oral health into account, Dr. Reece will help you make an informed decision about which solution is the most beneficial.