Content – Restorative

Restorative Dentistry

Look to us for the latest technologies in restorative dentistry. Dental bonding is the safest and most aesthetically pleasing way to treat decay, fractures or wear damage on your natural anterior and posterior teeth. Our experienced professional use state-of-the-art technology to treat a variety of dental problems:

  • Abfractions – An abfraction is a notch in a tooth, near or under the gum line, usually on the cheek side of the tooth. Abfractions are usually caused by grinding teeth or aggressive brushing using an abrasive toothpaste. Once the cause of the abfraction is addressed, a filling or gum tissue may be used to restore the tooth.
  • Cavities – When a tooth has decayed, a cavity is the result. It is important to remove the decayed part of the tooth and replace it with a filling, a synthetic material that lays over the exposed part of the tooth once the cavity has been removed.
  • Filling failures– A filling is considered failing when the edges of the filling allow bacteria to enter the space between the filling and the tooth, which can lead to discomfort and infection. A silver filling or resin filling are both very durable, but will eventually need to be replaced. Many conditions in your mouth could cause a filling to fail, including time and wear, moisture in the mouth and temperature changes. Over time they become worn, turn black or the edges may wear away. There are many types of restorations for a filling failure.

We can show you the benefits of dental bonding using tooth-colored fillings for repairing broken teeth, restoring decayed portions of teeth, matching teeth in proportion or color, or replacing old fillings in order to prevent tooth loss.

 

TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS

When it comes to your smile, you deserve healthy teeth that feel great. You also deserve a smile that looks great. If you need a filling to get you back to optimal dental health, take comfort in the fact that Dr. Helton specializes in metal-free dentistry. This means you can receive virtually invisible fillings!

In the past, a silver-amalgam material- one that contained mercury – was the substance of choice for dental fillings. While durable, these fillings could be very noticeable. And, even though they were generally safe, they did carry a risk of mercury exposure.

New, tooth-colored fillings are safe, durable and color-matched to blend in with your natural tooth. They also allow the dentist to remove less of your natural tooth structure during placement and they create a better seal with your tooth, which helps in the prevention of future decay. You’ll enjoy a better health outlook and a brighter smile!