If your tooth is damaged by decay that is not extensive enough to warrant the use of an onlay or dental crown, Drs. Shad, Richard, and Clive Ingram may recommend a basic restoration known as a filling. While crowns replace the entire tooth structure, fillings are designed to replace only the damaged portion of the tooth, keeping a larger portion of your original tooth intact. Call VIP Smiles at 801-776-3000 to learn more about tooth-colored dental fillings in Syracuse, Utah, and schedule your appointment with our caring dentists.
When a tooth is compromised by tooth decay or another type of damage, our dentists first remove the damaged part of the tooth structure. Our practice uses an advanced type of dental technology known as Micro-Air Abrasion (or micro dentistry) many times the amount of healthy tooth structure that is removed can average 1/20th that of a traditional filling increasing the strength of the tooth.
Micro-Air Abrasion, allows us not to use a drill and makes it possible to remove the decay quickly and comfortably (many times in just 2 to 4 minutes compared to 20 to 30 minutes for traditional fillings) – in most cases, you will not need a numbing shot or injection. After thoroughly sanitizing the tooth, we place the dental filling material and shape the filling to match the shape and size and color of the tooth. We also make certain that the filling fits your bite for a comfortable restoration. Once filling is in the ideal form we harden or cure it with a special hi-speed light.
At our dental office, we provide white tooth colored fillings. These fillings are called resin or composite fillings and are made of a tooth-colored, amalgam and mercury-free material known as composite resin. Our dentists can match the color of the resin to your natural tooth to make it very esthetic.
For more information about how a dental filling can improve your oral health, we welcome you to contact our practice today. We are dedicated to helping return your smile to optimal health and function.