At the Lawrenceville dental practice of Dr. Carter we use tooth-colored composite resins for cavity fillings. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they are also made from safe and durable dental materials.
If you’re embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark fillings in your teeth then you may be a good candidate for composite resins. At Dr. Carter’s Lawrenceville office, we use a silicon dioxide and tooth-colored plastic mixture for fillings. These composite resins can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state.
We believe that tooth-colored fillings offer several advantages over traditional silver or amalgam fillings. The most important factor is that they are a safer way to treat cavities. At our Lawrenceville dental practice, we do not risk the safety of our patients by using amalgam, which is often made with as much as 50% mercury. While the ADA and FDA maintain the safety of amalgam fillings, we prefer the look, durability, and metal-free aspects of our tooth-colored fillings.
Another benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that Dr. Carter can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your teeth. Another pro is that the tooth/composite bond supports the remaining tooth structure, which protects against breakage and temperature changes. Medium and small composites can last seven to ten years, and sometimes even longer. Best of all is that composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure than amalgams. At Dr. Carter’s Lawrenceville dental practice, we believe in conservative dentistry, which is the idea that the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better your teeth will be in the future.
Some patients may experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Carter may advise that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolor your composites unless you ask to have them coated with a clear, plastic sealant.
We are conveniently located for patients who live in Gwinnett County, Atlanta, Duluth, and Suwanee. Make an appointment with Dr. Carter to get your cavities treated with tooth-colored fillings.