Tooth Colored Restorations (fillings)
AESTHETIC MERCURY-FREE FILLINGS
Composite (white) restorations are the most versatile and effective way to aesthetically restore your smile. Composite materials are used to replace old unattractive fillings, change the color of your teeth, or reshape and recontour a less than ideal smile. Composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide). Composite or white fillings, have a slightly higher rate of wear than your traditional silver (amalgam) fillings. In addition, composite fillings are completely mercury-free; amalgam fillings are composed of 60% silver, 30% mercury and 10% copper.
Most procedures take as little as 10 to 15 minutes per tooth, depending on how complicated your particular treatment may be. At your actual bonding appointment, the dentist will use a mild etch to condition the surface of the tooth so the composite will adhere to it. Next, the dentist applies several layers of the bonding material onto the tooth, then uses a light source to set the material. The last step is shaping, smoothing, and polishing the surfaces. As with your natural teeth, cosmetically bonded teeth may chip or stain.
Filtek™ Supreme Ultra white fillings bonded with Clearfil® SE are not sensitive
There are many types of bonding agents and composite materials that are used by many different dentists. Our philosophy at Lakeview Dental is to only use the BEST composite fillings and the STRONGEST bonding agents that have been clinically proven by the independent dental research firm Clinicians Report. We are using Filtek™ Supreme Ultra by 3M--the clinically proven strongest, most esthetic composite resin in the world today--for almost all of our white filling restorations. The bonding agent used is Clearfil® SE Bond by Kuraray, ranked the strongest by Clinicians Report. The stronger the bond of the filling, the less likely it will ever be sensitive. If you have had white fillings in that past that are sensitive today, please ask us about replacing those inferior materials our products. Rest assured that only today's best materials are being used by your dentist at Lakeview Dental.