Restoring Minor Decay in Easley, SC
When caught early, tooth decay can be treated with a small restoration, leaving most of the healthy tooth structure alone. Dental Associates of Easley provides dental fillings in Easley, Greenville, and Pickens. Schedule an appointment with us today for your complete dental care.
How Dental Fillings Help You
Cavities are one of the most common oral health concerns that patients face. This tooth decay could require a crown or root canal therapy. However, all decay starts from a small spot on the teeth known as caries. If treated as caries, decay can be removed and the structure of the tooth restored in a minimally invasive manner.
As a provider of complete dental care in Easley, Dr. Edwards provides dental fillings to address caries before they develop into cavities. The spot on the tooth where the decay is present is scraped clean to make sure that the tooth will be healthy. Then, the filling material is applied to the tooth to seal that spot. The end result of the treatment process is a tooth that is free of decay and restored to chew and function normally within the smile.
The Benefits of Composite Fillings
Traditionally, dental fillings were made of an amalgam of metals that dried into a hardened surface when applied to the teeth. While still safe and beneficial in dentistry, this material can be problematic for patients. In order to provide more comprehensive care for our patients, Dental Associates of Easley chooses to only use composite dental fillings, which are made of a body-safe resin that avoids many of the concerns presented by amalgam fillings.
The most obvious benefit is the cosmetic improvement of the smile. Dental amalgam has a dark, silvery color that stands out in the smile. While the restorative benefits of amalgam are significant, these fillings cost you the confidence-boosting effects of beautiful, healthy teeth. In contrast, composite resin is the same color as a naturally white tooth, and its shade can be matched to the color of the rest of your smile. As such, composite fillings blend into the smile for an overall improved appearance in addition to restored dental function.
Composite fillings offer health and comfort benefits as well. Some patients may have a very rare allergy to the metals used in dental amalgam, so a completely hypoallergenic material—such as composite resin—is a safe option they can benefit from. Additionally, some patients are uncomfortable with the fact that mercury is used in amalgam. The amount of mercury in fillings is considered safe, but we strictly use composite because the comfort of our patients is important to us.
Contact Us for Complete Dental Care
Dental Associates of Easley provides dental fillings as part of our complete dental care in Easley. For more information, call our practice today and schedule your next dental appointment!