Dental Fillings in NJ
Identifying and addressing cavities early can prevent the need for more complex and costly dental procedures.
Champagne Smiles treat cavities with porcelain, tooth-colored fillings to give patients a natural-looking smile that does not show obvious signs of dental fillings. Treating cavities with tooth-colored fillings is similar to treating cavities with other materials. Champagne Smiles dentists first use an anesthetic to encourage patient comfort before removing the decay with a hand-piece or laser. Then, they clean the tooth to eliminate bacteria and other debris that may compromise dental health.
After the decay has been removed and tooth has been cleaned, Champagne Smiles dentists fill the cavity with porcelain, tooth-colored fillings. They offer IPS Empress porcelain fillings for large cavities, and Cosmodent Renamel microfill porcelain fillings for small cavities. These dental materials are some of the finest available today, and offer patients outstanding durability, natural-looking appearances and minimal tooth sensitivity.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings offer strong, natural-looking treatment options for cavities and decay. Many years ago, the standard filling was composed of a metallic-looking material containing small amounts of mercury. These “amalgam” fillings were later found to pose certain health risks, in addition to giving a noticeable metal appearance to the teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings, also known as white fillings or composite fillings, solve both of those problems. By using a safe composite resin material to fill the cavity, these treatments provide the treated tooth with solid support that is less likely to come loose, in addition to having a natural appearance that blends in with your teeth. Tooth-colored fillings can be performed in patients of all ages, and they can also be used to replace metal fillings you may have had for years.
Frequently Asked Questions for Dental Fillings
Why do I need a dental filling?
A filling is used to treat a cavity in a tooth. Cavities form when plaque (a combination of food residue and bacteria) builds up on a tooth and eats away at the enamel causing a small indentation or hole. When cavities are detected early and filled, it can prevent the cavity from getting deeper and causing further problems.
Should I have my old metal fillings replaced with new tooth colored fillings?
Some patients choose to have their old metal fillings replaced for dental health and cosmetic reasons. Metal fillings are more noticeable and can sometimes cause a tooth to crack. If your old filling is not causing you any problems, it may not be necessary to replace it. We can evaluate your existing fillings and make a recommendation.
Do dental fillings hurt?
Local anesthesia is used during dental fillings to prevent any pain. The area being worked on will be numb so that you’ll be comfortable. If you feel anxious, sedation options are available to help you feel more relaxed during your procedure.
Do dental fillings look natural?
Tooth colored fillings can be matched to the color of your teeth for a natural appearance. We are careful to provide you with the right shade of white to match your teeth as closely as possible.
Is it safe to have a dental filling while pregnant?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Dental Association agree that dental fillings are safe to have done during pregnancy under local anesthesia. The second trimester is the best time because you are most likely past the point of morning sickness, and still comfortable enough to lay back in a dental chair.