Do you think you have a cavity and need a dental filling in Clayton, NC? Look no further than Dr. Folden Lee, D.D.S. We strive to make your dental filling or tooth restoration as quick and painless as possible. We all know tooth decay and cavities can be painful but it can also lead to worse infections if not treated properly. The good news is that tooth decay is also the most preventable disease in the world today. At Dr. Folden Lee, DDS we use the latest technology to diagnose, treat and prevent tooth decay. We also strive to educate our patients on proper dental hygiene so that they can help themselves in preventing decay. We are a mercury-free dental practice, so working to replace any mercury containing fillings of our patients is important to us.
The dental industry has evolved and we no longer recommend silver as the filler in tooth decay. The problem with silver is that it can contain a percentage of mercury (which can be detrimental to your health). Silver and metal fillings can also expand and contract over time as you expose them to hot and cold temperatures. This can lead to exposed pockets around the filling and the tooth. Food and sugar can then get trapped in these little pockets causing further tooth decay. Tooth-colored restorations composed of resins and/or porcelain are a better alternative to metal fillings. These types of materials act as an aesthetic filler (who wants a bunch of metal in their mouth) and can actually help strengthen the tooth.
The dental bonding process is very similar to the process of filling in tooth decay. Where as the term “filling” is generally reserved for tooth decay, bonding refers to reshaping the tooth in a more aesthetic or cosmetic sense. Typically the tooth is prepped and smoothed before applying a resin material to reshape or reform the tooth. Once applied and dried, the tooth is then reworked to appear just like a natural tooth. Bonding can be used to change the shape, color or other aesthetics of a tooth. Using this method of tooth restoration is usually more economical than other forms of cosmetic dentistry such as porcelain veneers.