White Fillings in Fayetteville, NC
We know that hearing that you have a cavity wasn’t the news you were hoping for, but when decay sets in it’s important that you get the problem treated as soon as possible. Our Fayetteville, NC, dentist Dr. Tracie Legette knows that nothing is more important than maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. By providing natural-looking dental restorations such as fillings that blend in with your teeth, we ensure that your smile looks and feels its best after restorative dentistry.
What Is Tooth Decay?
Whenever we eat or drink, our teeth develop this sticky film known as plaque. Within plaque are bacteria that feed off sugar and convert it into acid. Over time, the acid erodes the tooth and damages the enamel. Decay can eventually cause a hole in the tooth, or a cavity, which will need to be removed by our dental team to prevent the decay from reaching the inside of the tooth and impacting the nerve.
What Is A Dental Filling?
A filling is a common dental restoration that is used to restore decayed areas of the tooth, and to rebuild and fill holes in the tooth. A filling is considered a restorative procedure; however, we offer composite resin fillings at our practice, which mimic the color and shade of real tooth enamel. After all, Dr. Legette knows that your smile is an incredibly important feature and you don’t want other people noticing your dental work. Rest assured that Dr. Legette and her team take the job of crafting beautiful, natural restorations seriously.
Composite resin is one of the most popular materials for filling a tooth because it bonds directly to the tooth and is incredibly moldable. The material can be shaped and contoured to the areas of the tooth that need to be rebuilt. We will apply one thin layer after another until the tooth is completely built up. Then we will use a light to harden the resin to the tooth. The last thing we will do is polish the tooth so that the resin shines just like tooth enamel.
White fillings are quite durable. Of course, it’s still important that you are gentle with your teeth and that you maintain good oral hygiene. White fillings are quite strong and can last up to 10 years or more with the proper care. Talk with our dentist about ways to ensure that your fillings last as long as possible.