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We believe deeply in the power of information and education. Not only do we take the time to discuss every procedure with our patients and teach you about your dental health, but we are also dedicated to constantly increasing our own knowledge through continuing education courses to stay on top of the latest techniques and improvements in the dental field. This allows us to consistently provide you with the state-of-the-art dentistry that you deserve.
Your questions are always welcome; don’t ever hesitate to ask us anything about your care, our practice, or dentistry in general! We’ve collected some of the most common questions we are asked, and you can check to see if your question is answered here.
If your question is not addressed here or if you’d like more information, just give us a call at 314-291-9000, or send us an email using our convenient online form and someone will quickly get back to you.
Tooth-Colored (Composite) Fillings
Actually, the composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings does have other uses! One of the most common other uses for this versatile material is dental bonding. Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that is used to fix a number of different flaws such as discoloration, chips, damage to the enamel, gaps, or erosion.
What sets dental bonding apart from other cosmetic procedures?
One of the reasons that bonding is such a common procedure is the simplicity, effectiveness, and speed of the procedure. Unlike porcelain veneers, which often require alteration of the enamel and take weeks to come back from the lab, bonding requires very little prep and can usually be done in the same day. Because there’s no lab involved, the cost of bonding is typically considerably cheaper than veneers.
Composite resin can be mixed to match your natural tooth shade practically perfectly. Dr. Burgdorf applies to it to the area and then shapes it to the correct form. Once placed and cured, it will be difficult to tell where the bonding is. We think you’ll be quite happy with your results!
Give Your Bridgeton Dentist A Call
To learn more about composite tooth-colored fillings and dental bonding and to find out if this technique is right for you, call our Bridgeton dental office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
Your comfort is extremely important to us, so before we begin filling your cavity, we’ll take steps to make sure that your tooth is numb so that you don’t feel a thing.
Once you are comfortable, we’ll begin by carefully removing the decayed portion of your tooth. One of the features we love about composite resin fillings is that we don’t have to remove as much healthy tooth material as we do with amalgam fillings, which allows us to preserve more of your tooth.
After the area has been cleaned and sterilized, we’ll start applying the filling in layers, curing each layer as it is applied. This allows the material to actually bond with your tooth, holding it in place securely and significantly reducing the risk of the filling falling out later.
Once the entire cavity has been filled, we’ll gently scrape away any extra filling material and then polish the tooth so that the filling blends in perfectly with your enamel. When the filling is complete, it’s highly unlikely that even you will be able to tell where it is!
Looking To Schedule At Our Bridgeton Dental Office?
Are you due for a cleaning and examination? Call Bridgeton dentist Dr. Kevin Burgdorf today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you and helping you achieve the dental health you're looking for.
Even though tooth-colored fillings allow us to repair cavities without the dark spots and discoloration associated with metal fillings, the truth is that we would really prefer to prevent cavities in the first place. Once a cavity occurs, the tooth structure is weakened, and even with a filling in place, that tooth is still prone to further damage.
We know you’ve heard the drill before – brush and floss every day and visit the dentist for regular cleanings. You’ve probably been hearing this since you were a little kid!
This advice may seem simple, but it’s sound. Brushing your teeth twice a day keeps plaque and damaging acids from staying in contact with the surfaces of your teeth, and flossing hits the spaces in between the teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Even with great technique and habits, you’re still likely to miss traces of plaque here and there, so a routine cleaning helps us to clean up those last little bits, lowering your risk for cavities even further. We can also provide you with a fluoride treatment to help strengthen your enamel and provide tips for improving your technique so you can get the most benefit out of your routine.
Call Your Bridgeton Dentist
Is it time for a check-up? Call our Bridgeton dental office today to schedule your appointment!
Many patients have wondered if their old silver fillings should be replaced with new composite resin fillings.
There are a few reasons to remove a silver filling:
- A cavity is present beneath the filling.
- The filling is leaking or broken.
- The filling is in a visible place and you are unhappy with the esthetics.
Silver fillings have been shown in countless scientific studies to be safe and shouldn’t be removed without reason. Dr. Burgdorf prefers to place composite resin fillings because they better replicate the original tooth color and he can be more conservative with his tooth preparation. This means more healthy tooth structure is preserved when doing a filling.
What We Do At Dr. Burgdorf's Office
We prefer to avoid invasive procedures whenever possible, which means that unless your silver fillings are causing you problems, there’s no reason to remove them. If you do happen to develop a new cavity, we will fill your cavity with tooth-colored composite filling. We will also check your fillings at each examination to make sure that they are in great shape. If we find a problem, we’ll let you know right away and discuss your options.
If you are bothered by your fillings, call our office for a consultation and we’ll give you our professional recommendation.
Tooth-colored fillings have a few distinct advantages over traditional silver (amalgam) fillings. The biggest advantage – and the reason that many patients and dentists prefer them to metal fillings – is the fact that once they are placed, they so closely match the color of your own natural tooth enamel that you are unable to tell the difference. This is particularly important when you need a filling in a tooth that is easily visible. Tooth-colored fillings allow us to fill your cavities without discoloring your teeth.
Another advantage of white composite fillings is that they require less tooth prep than metal fillings. Metal fillings are held in place mechanically, so the area around the cavity must be shaped in a way that keeps the filling securely in place. Composite fillings are made of a putty-like substance that is placed in layers and then, upon curing, actually binds with the material of your tooth. This means that we only have to remove the decayed portion of your tooth, preserving more of your natural tooth structure, which we think is always a good thing!
Material That Lasts
Because tooth-colored fillings are made of resin instead of metal, the material doesn’t expand and contract in response to temperature change, reducing or even eliminating the risk of your filling becoming loose or falling out.