We only use composite fillings (tooth colored) fillings at Dr. Petron’s, instead of metal fillings.
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks and fractures. Silver fillings were once the standard of care in restorative dentistry. Even today some dental offices are placing these types of restorations in patients mouths. Not only are there some possible health risks to this type of treatment, the results are downright unattractive.
Dr. Petron believes in using the latest materials on the market today. Metal free fillings have the combined advantages of high strength and beauty. In his 30 plus years of private practice Dr. Petron has never placed a silver filling and has no intention of turning back. Metal free fillings are a bit more time consuming and technique sensitive, but definitely worth the investment.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
- Cracked or Broken teeth or fillings
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between teeth
- To replace unsightly silver fillings
How are composites placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Petron will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. The composite filling will be precisely placed, shaped and then cured with a light. It will then be polished restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.