For years, having a cavity meant receiving a metal filling. While effective, these restorations contained mercury and could be problematic for young children, the elderly, or pregnant patients. In order to offer a longer-lasting and natural looking alternative, we provide our North Hollywood, CA, patients with mercury-free and holistic composite resin fillings.
Metal and Mercury Free
Made from a combination of glass and plastic compounds, composite resin is a metal-free material we use for our filling and dental bonding procedures. Since they contain no metal, that makes them mercury free, as traditional amalgam fillings contain trace amounts of mercury. Our composite resin restorations are safe for patients of all ages and offer a long-lasting and durable solution to tooth decay. For our bonding procedure, we may use them to mask teeth stains or reshape malformed or chipped teeth, all in a single visit.
When we see a patient with a cavity, we begin the placement process by removing the decay from the tooth. We then thoroughly clean the tooth and in some cases, gently etch the area receiving the restoration. We next prepare the composite resin. In addition to being holistic and metal-free, composite resin can also be shaded to match the color the surrounding tooth structure. We apply the material and then as the area cures under a light, we shape and sculpt the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth, which helps offer a more lifelike appearance. The entire procedure only takes one visit and offers a solution to your aching and decayed tooth.
Tackling Your Tooth Decay
Treating your tooth decay means preventing infection and preserving your tooth. You should see us if you notice a tooth feels sensitive or aches, as this could be a symptom of a cavity. By attending routine six-month checkups, we will monitor your smile and address cavities in the earliest possible stages. These visits also give us an opportunity to clean your teeth, which helps prevent a cavity. At home, you should always take time to brush your teeth twice daily and floss before going to bed. Cutting back on sugary foods and drinks could also be very beneficial for your oral health. If you have any questions about our conservative and metal-free dental fillings, then contact our team today. We can also discuss ways of safeguarding your smile and avoiding the onset of tooth decay.
Do You Have a Cavity?
With our mercury-free restorations, we can repair cavities and return your smile to full function, health, and appearance. For more information on lifelike and conservative restorations, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.