We at Littleton Family Dental suggest most patients have routine dental checkups and cleanings performed every six months. These cleanings and examinations allow our hygienists and doctor to examine your oral cavity for any dental conditions that may have developed or progressed. During our dental examinations, we also check the health of existing restorations and advise the necessary steps should they require replacement.
Tooth fillings play an integral role in maintaining good oral health. Dental fillings are used to repair early-stage decay, repair minor tooth fractures, and for conservative esthetic procedures.
We are a mercury- free office, and we realize that many patients still have silver/mercury fillings (amalgam fillings) from previous dental treatment. Not only are these fillings less esthetic, we know that by design, these silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in weakened tooth structure. Tooth-colored fillings (composites) are not only more pleasing to the eye, but are much more conservative restorations for your teeth. The new bonding material and techniques used for these filling may actually strengthen weakened areas of your tooth.
Dental restorations are required by patients who suffer from decayed, chipped, or cracked teeth. Patients whose teeth are discolored may also benefit.
Composites (tooth-colored fillings): This type of filling is advantageous, not only esthetically, but they allow the doctor to create superior fit to your natural tooth. These fillings are bonded to your tooth, ensuring a tight fit. These fillings are used for restorations when there is enough tooth structure present to support a filling for sufficient restoration. Most, importantly, these filling contain no mercury! They do not expand and contract with temperature changes causing cracking of you tooth as the amalgam fillings do.
Amalgam is no longer used in our office. They corrode, leak and cause staining and fracture of your teeth and gums.
Inlays and Onlays: These restorations can be made from porcelain, Zirconia, or gold. These restorations are made in a dental laboratory and then bonded to your natural tooth. An inlay is similar to a filling, but the material used for the restoration is more durable, making them an attractive restorative choice. An onlay is similar to an inlay, but is more substantial in size covering a cusp of a tooth. Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for these restorations. But with the advances in Zirconia and porcelain systems, these materials have grown more popular for their superior esthetics.