White Dental Fillings Greenwood, IN

White Dental Fillings An Overview

Tooth decay is the leading dental health concern in children and adult patients. It’s progressive, and if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. Tooth loss compromises the structure of your bite, opens up new opportunities for bacteria to take hold, and more.

Tooth cavities are most commonly attributed to poor oral hygiene, and can often be prevented through improved brushing and flossing, and routine dental exams. Beautiful Smiles is a mercury-free dentist office! Our dentist in Greenwood, Indiana provides patients with white, resin dental fillings to treat tooth decay.

Aside from cosmetic advantages, white fillings also provide benefits to overall dental health and reduce any possible risks that come with amalgam fillings. Dentists no longer use many metal fillings due to the use of mercury; silver fillings can contain up to 50% mercury.

Benefits of Mercury-Free Fillings

White fillings provide a discreet cosmetic solution for dental decay. White fillings support long-term oral health and allow Dr. Stevens to treat tooth decay without impacting your natural smile.

  • Resin fillings are aesthetically pleasing because they closely match the natural color of teeth.
  • Resin fillings bond (or adhere) to tooth surfaces creating a strong, lasting restoration. They effectively become one with the tooth.
  • They wear and function like a natural tooth.
  • Resin fillings result in less sensitivity.
  • Resin fillings contain fluoride that is released into the tooth structure, helping strengthen the tooth.

white dental fillings for all ages in Greenwood Indiana

" Love Dr. Stevens and his staff! Always professional and perform high quality work!"Debbie
" I always have excellent care from Dr. Stevens and his staff. I am a very anxious dental patient. Every single person I have encounter at Beautiful Smiles treats me with kindness and dignity. The office is conveniently located for…Janis
" Very compassionate, caring, crazy, family-like atmosphere. Why would I ever want to go anywhere else?"Sheila
"Always impressed by quality of care and the friendliness of the staff. Always a pleasure to go to Beautiful Smiles!"Phil
"Great as always!"Christopher
"Best cleaning ever, very good time made, even did an extra treatment same visit.. great job thank-you all!"Linda

White Dental Fillings What to Expect

Dental fillings are a routine dental treatment and typically can be completed in just one visit to our Greenwood, IN family dentist office. Patients commonly choose a local anesthetic for optimal comfort during their dental filling treatment. We offer conscious sedation options for those with dental anxiety, or fear of the dentist.

Dr. Stevens will start by clearing out the infected tooth cavity of any diseased tissue. The dentist thoroughly cleans and prepares the tooth for the natural white dental filling. We color-match the filling to blend seamlessly with your tooth for a beautiful result. Before we cure it, we make sure that it matches your bite pattern perfectly.

The dentist places the filling and permanently cures it using a special, non-invasive UV light. Once the filling has bonded to the tooth, patients are able to return to their daily routine. We usually advise against eating anything until your mouth is completely free of anesthesia.

White Dental Fillings FAQs

Can I have old metal fillings replaced with white fillings?

Yes. Old metal fillings may be able to be removed and replaced with white dental fillings for a more aesthetic appearance. Patients with metal fillings in the “smile-zone” may consider having their fillings replaced with cosmetic dental fillings.

Do dental fillings hurt?

Dental fillings typically do not cause much discomfort. Patients can choose to use a local anesthetic or numbing agent. For patients with dental anxiety, Dr. Stevens offers sedation dentistry options to help them feel more relaxed and comfortable.

How long does a dental filling last?

With proper oral hygiene and routine visits to the dentist, dental fillings can last for years. Many patients never have to have a dental filling replaced or repaired.