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Repair Teeth with Tooth-Colored Fillings

Dental fillings can repair teeth damaged by decay and protect the overall integrity of your smile. At Elite Dental Care, we place tooth-colored fillings as opposed to traditional silver fillings. Composite resin (tooth-colored material) is highly durable and more aesthetically pleasing, providing patients with long-lasting results. With offices in Germantown, Trenton, and Jackson, TN, we are proud to help our patients achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.

What are Composite Fillings?

Composite resin is a high-quality dental material used for a number of restorative and cosmetic treatments. A tooth-colored – or composite – filling is commonly used to repair a cavity. In order to restore a tooth compromised by decay, the damaged portion of the tooth must first be removed. We can then fill the tooth with a composite material to reinforce its structure.

Because composite resin can be precisely color-matched to blend in with your smile, tooth-colored fillings are virtually invisible.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

Teeth with composite fillingTraditionally, cavities were filled with silver amalgam. These restorations are comprised of a mixture of tin, silver, copper, and mercury. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers amalgam fillings safe for children and adults, they contain mercury, which can be toxic in larger quantities. Additionally, due to their metallic color, they do not blend in with your surrounding teeth. As a result, many patients choose to have their old silver amalgam fillings replaced with tooth-colored material. Advantages of composite fillings include:

  • Temperature-Resistance: Silver amalgam fillings expand and contract with fluctuations in temperature. Composite material is temperature-resistant, so it does not weaken the tooth or result in minor chips or cracks.
  • Less Invasive Techniques: Composite fillings typically require less preparation and drilling. Your doctor does not have to remove as much of your natural tooth structure when placing a composite filling.
  • Aesthetically-Pleasing Appearance: Because composite resin can be precisely color-matched to blend in with your smile, tooth-colored fillings are virtually invisible.
  • Reduced Sensitivity: Most patients report less discomfort and sensitivity when receiving composite fillings, as opposed to traditional silver fillings.

At our practice, we incorporate advanced technology to precisely plan and execute our treatments.

Dental Filling Treatment Process

Receiving a dental filling is a fairly simple and straightforward process. If you have a cavity that needs to be repaired with a filling, you can expect:

  • Initial Consultation: Your doctor can conduct a full assessment of your teeth and gums. We may also take digital x-rays to properly diagnose the size of the cavity.
  • Preparation: Using gentle dentistry techniques, we can carefully remove the damaged portions of your tooth. We can then apply an etching solution to your tooth to help the composite material bond successfully.
  • Filling: Once the tooth is prepared, we can carefully layer composite resin to fill the void left behind by the cavity.
  • Curing: To harden the composite material, we can apply a special curing light.
  • Shaping: During the final step, your doctor will gently smooth out any rough edges, check your bite, and make any necessary adjustments.

If you have any additional questions about the treatment process, our team would be happy to assist you further during your visit.

Preserve Your Smile

Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures performed today. If you have symptoms of tooth decay, it is important to receive appropriate treatment soon as possible to protect your smile. To schedule an appointment, you can call one of our three office locations, or contact us online anytime.

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We have 3 locations in the greater Jackson area

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I was really impressed! They were super nice and professional. They were very informative with each step of the process. They seemed to have a desire to go above and beyond.

Casey H.

Jackson Office

47 N Star Dr
Jackson, TN 38305

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm

Trenton Office

2066 US Highway 45 Bypass
Trenton, TN 38382

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm

Germantown Office

9064 Corporate Gardens Drive
Germantown, TN 38138

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Jackson Office

(731) 664-9556

Trenton Office

(731) 855-1053

Germantown Office

(901) 751-3776
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