Tooth-Colored Fillings in Apex, NC
Since fillings are one of the most common dental restorations, it is essential that they are both long-lasting and esthetic in order to maintain the health and beauty of your smile.
At Olive Chapel Family Dentistry, Dr. Dustin Prusik takes a great amount of pride in creating beautiful, high-quality fillings that protect and prolong the life of your teeth because your smile is one of your greatest assets!
Why You Need a Filling
Dental decay compromises the structural integrity of your tooth.
Bacteria cause decay by softening the protective enamel. The softer layer beneath your enamel, called dentin, surrounds and protects your nerve.
When you have decay, you will not likely notice any symptoms until it is well advanced. That is why patients with decay do not usually experience pain until the decay is significant and the tooth becomes infected. Once it gets to this point, more invasive treatment may be necessary, such as a root canal or extraction.
To best protect your oral health, Dr. Prusik focuses on diagnosing conditions early, when they are easiest to treat. We use digital dental x-rays and regular dental exams to monitor the health of your teeth and gums.
Preventive dental care is the best way to avoid emergency dental visits and serious problems that put your smile and your oral health at risk.
Treating Dental Decay
Research shows that most people will have at least one cavity during their lifetime.
At Olive Chapel Family Dentistry, we take your comfort seriously! Dr. Prusik pays special attention to making sure the anesthetic process is quick, comfortable, and sufficient to get your tooth numb. His gentle and compassionate approach to dental treatment quickly puts our patients at ease.
He will remove all damaged tooth structure and remove all traces of decay-causing bacteria. Next, he will fill your cavity with tooth-colored composite, which is a mixture of BPA-free plastic and microscopic glass particles. Composite looks natural and comes in a wide variety of shades to match your tooth color.
Once he fills your cavity, Dr. Prusik will cure the composite, hardening it and making it stable for chewing. Then he will shape and polish your restoration to ensure a good fit and a natural appearance that blends seamlessly. No one will notice you have a filling!
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite is not only esthetic, it also lasts a long time. It requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure compared to silver amalgam fillings.
Since the composite material comes in many tooth colors, we can match it perfectly and even use it to make repairs to minor chips, gaps, and imperfections in your smile. This process, known as dental bonding, is a cost-effective way to make small, cosmetic improvements to your appearance.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Next Dental Exam
If you are looking for a dentist who provides excellent dentistry and is both kind and compassionate, contact our Apex, NC dental office to schedule an exam. We look forward to meeting you!