At Palmetto Family Dentistry in Sumter, SC, we proudly use white fillings to restore decayed teeth. Composite resin is generally more preferable than silver amalgam, both for its aesthetic benefits and because there are fewer adverse side effects. Drs. Thaddeus Vincent, Jr., David Van Patten, and William Noonan, Jr., can place dental fillings with very little discomfort and in a relatively short time. After your doctor has restored your tooth, you should enjoy a healthy, functional bite and relief from the pain of a cavity. 

Do You Need a White Filling?

An illustration of a white fillingIf you have developed a small or medium-sized cavity, you will most likely require a filling. Cavities occur when bacteria builds up and begins to erode the dental enamel. Once a cavity has formed, you could experience significant discomfort. It is important to treat a cavity as soon as possible, not only to prevent a toothache, but also to avoid infection and the complete destruction of your tooth. Our dentists will check for cavities during every routine exam. If you are experiencing discomfort, we can take additional x-rays to look for signs of decay.

How We Place Fillings

Before applying a filling, your dentist will numb your tooth and any surrounding gum tissue so that you feel as little discomfort as possible. Then he will clean out the cavity by removing any damaged tissue and bacteria. After choosing the shade of composite that blends in seamlessly with your smile, he will place the filling gradually, layer-by-layer. After each layer, your doctor will shine a special curing light on your tooth to harden the composite resin. Once the cavity has been completely filled in, he will reshape the outside of the restoration, ensuring that the filling does not adversely affect the force of your bite. Finally, he will polish your tooth so that the filling sparkles like your natural enamel.

Composite allows for more conservative care. Your dentist can create a strong foundation for your restoration by removing a minimal amount of dental tissue.

The Benefits of Composite Fillings

When you consider the advantages of tooth-colored fillings, the most obvious benefit is aesthetic. A white filling can match the shade of your smile and be virtually undetectable to others. Unlike a dark metal restoration that could affect the teeth around it, composite resin will not seep into adjacent teeth over time. Additionally, composite resin offers benefits that are not immediately apparent. White fillings generally bond more effectively with the tooth, ensuring that the restoration is strong and properly safeguards the tooth from further decay. While metal amalgam fillings can expand and contract due to temperature changes, subsequently weakening the tooth and putting you at risk for a cracked or damaged tooth that could require more extensive restorative treatment, composite fillings do not fluctuate in heat or cold. Composite fillings are also more preferable for patients who may have a sensitivity to certain metals like mercury. Finally, white fillings allow for more conservative care. Your dentist can create a strong foundation for your restoration by removing a minimal amount of dental tissue.

Alleviate Painful Symptoms of a Cavity

If you are experiencing dental sensitivity or suspect that you have a cavity, contact our office online to schedule your appointment. You can also call us at (803) 469-3555 (Tahoe) or (803) 773-5411 (Liberty) if you have any questions about these modern restorations.