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Composite Fillings: A Natural-looking Solution

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As part of his commitment to helping each patient achieve a bright and healthy smile, Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. offers composite fillings made of tooth-colored resin at his practice serving the greater Knoxville, TN, area. Dr. Zarger uses composite fillings to restore teeth following cavity treatment. This solution not only provides support, but also natural-looking aesthetics. To learn more about how tooth-colored fillings can benefit you, please schedule a consultation at one of our offices.

Composite vs. Metal Fillings

Composite fillings are an excellent alternative to metal (amalgam) fillings. First, they are a safer and more aesthetically pleasing option. Metal fillings contain trace amounts of mercury, a toxic element. There has been no conclusive evidence that the amount of mercury in metal fillings is harmful, but many achieve greater peace of mind with fillings containing no mercury. Meanwhile, the metal in these fillings expands and contracts based on temperature, which can place pressure on the teeth, eventually resulting in fractures. Composite fillings, on the other hand, do not expand or contract.

Composite fillings require less removal of dental tissue than metal fillings. They also result in less pain immediately following treatment, and they can be customized to match the exact shade of a patient's teeth. Perhaps most importantly, they are very durable, and can withstand the stress of chewing. Composite fillings can be used to restore either front or back teeth. 

Cost Considerations

Composite fillings are more expensive than amalgam fillings, but they offer many advantages. Because the time and expertise required to properly match and place composite fillings is greater than that required for metal fillings, a dentist who performs this procedure must be more experienced. Dr. Zarger is an extremely skilled dentist who regularly places composite fillings, and you can depend on him to provide a restoration with maximum functional and aesthetic benefits. 

Filling the Tooth

Dr. Zarger will examine your X-ray images as well as your teeth and gums to determine if you require cavity treatment. If necessary, Dr. Zarger will remove infected and decayed areas of the tooth. If there are old metal fillings that need to be replaced, Dr. Zarger will remove them, eliminate any existing debris, and then mold the composite material into place. Composite fillings require isolation of the tooth to eliminate moisture at the treatment site, which can compromise the bond with the tooth. Dr. Zarger then applies the composite material and uses a special light to harden the filling. The final step involves polishing and adjusting the filling to achieve a smooth surface that does not disrupt your bite. Immediately following treatment, many patients experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as some pain while chewing. These effects eventually subside. 

Learn More about Achieving a Natural-looking Restoration

Dr. Zarger is a highly experienced dentist who can restore the function and health of your teeth in a way that leaves your smile looking beautiful. During a consultation with Dr. Zarger, you will learn about the benefits of using composite fillings as part of your treatment plan. Please contact our office today to schedule an appointment. 

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