White Fillings Preserve and Protect
No matter where you stand on the issue of metal fillings, you probably agree that tooth-colored restorations look better than dark, metal ones. A child’s smile is an integral part of their personality. Why mar it with metal fillings that show when your child smiles? At Carolina Kids Dentistry in Mint Hill, pediatric dentist Dr. Bevin Malley provides the services your child needs to maintain a strong, healthy smile. She uses tooth-colored fillings to repair teeth damaged by decay.
The Benefits of White Fillings
For as long as we can remember, dentists have used metal fillings to repair cavities. The “metal” mixture is really an amalgam of different materials. Over the years, the safety of metal fillings has been called into question. While folks can debate the issue of the danger of metal fillings, white fillings have a proven track record of integrity and durability.
Tooth-colored fillings are tinted to match your child’s natural tooth color, so they blend seamlessly with your child’s smile. No one will ever know that your child had a cavity. In addition, the composite resin used to create tooth-colored fillings delivers a wealth of benefits over metal fillings.
Composite resin forms an impenetrable bond with teeth, providing protection against further decay. Metal fillings can expand and contract when they come into contact with hot and cold foods and beverages. This movement can result in cracks that bacteria can penetrate. When this occurs, the filling no longer longer protects the tooth against decay. Composite resin stays strong when faced with temperature fluctuations. This means that your child’s filing provide long-lasting protection against dental decay.
The Process is Easy
If your child has a cavity, we’ll remove the decayed material and bond in place a small amount of custom-tinted composite resin. A curing light hardens the resin, and a final polish ensures a natural appearance. We’ll make sure that your child is comfortable during the procedure. The end result is a restored tooth that looks and feels completely natural.
Dr. Malley uses tooth-colored fillings to repair cavities in baby teeth and permanent teeth.