To repair minor tooth decay, cracks, or fractures, we use composite or tooth-colored fillings. These fillings can be placed during a single appointment at our Mooresville, NC dental practice. At your appointment, the dentist will remove the damaged portion of your tooth, thoroughly clean your remaining tooth, and then fill it with a composite filling that closely matches the color of your natural tooth. After your filling has been placed, the dentist will give you specific instructions on how to care for your newly-restored tooth.
White fillings are an effective, aesthetic option for patients with minor tooth decay. Unlike silver (amalgam) fillings, composite (tooth-colored) fillings are kind to the remaining tooth. Composite fillings do not build up a corrosion layer which pushes outward on the tooth, like amalgam fillings. This corrosion layer can potentially create fractures and cracks. Composites actually bond to the tooth and help maintain the tooth’s strength without any outward pressure. If you would like to learn more about tooth-colored fillings, come and see us.