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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Tooth-Colored Fillings

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The entire team at Harlow Dental at Steele Creek believes firmly in the importance of patient education. We enjoy taking our time with every patient who sees us to ensure that questions are answered so you can enjoy the best oral health possible.

When you visit our dental office, we are always happy to answer your questions. Our goal is to teach you and your family members how to maintain optimal oral health and how to protect your smiles for life. After all, good oral health is a big part of staying in great overall health.

We hear a lot of the same questions repeated by our dental patients and have compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions for your convenience. We, of course, welcome any other questions or concerns you may have. And we are always willing to discuss those with you over the phone or during your next dental appointment.

At Harlow Dental, we encourage you to take advantage of our many years of dental experience. Feel free to ask us questions at any time! 

Tooth-Colored Fillings

dental fillings in charlotte nc Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent treatment for cavities—they are matched to the shade of your existing teeth and blend in seamlessly with your smile. 

At Harlow Dental at Steele Creek, we also use this dental material for other uses. One of the most popular applications for this all-purpose substance is dental bonding. Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment that allows Dr. H. Justin Harlow and Dr. Leon Lester to fix a wide range of smile flaws such as chipped teeth, stubborn enamel stains, gaps between teeth, enamel wear-and-tear, oddly shapen teeth, and much more. 

Why Our Charlotte Patients Love Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an accessible, non-invasive, cost-effective, and speedy cosmetic treatment. Unlike porcelain veneers, which require altering the tooth and can take weeks to complete, dental bonding can be done in one visit to Harlow Dental at 7th Street. 

Since dental bonding is much quicker and doesn't require a dental lab, it is more economical and convenient. Your cosmetic dentist can match the composite resin to match your existing tooth shade precisely before applying it to the tooth and shaping it. After the tooth-colored resin has cured and hardened, it will be indistinguishable from the rest of your smile. 

Give Your Charlotte, NC Cosmetic Dentists A Call

Are you interested in learning about how composite tooth-colored fillings can fix mild to moderate smile flaws in under an hour?

During your appointment with us, your dentist will examine your oral health to ensure you are in excellent oral health. If dental bonding is right for you, we will be able to restore your smile and keep it dazzling. 

We look forward to seeing you and enhance your appearance!

tooth colored fillings in charlotte ncTooth-colored fillings possess many distinct advantages over traditional amalgam (silver) fillings.

The most obvious advantage—and the reason that Charlotte patients and cosmetic dentists love them over amalgam fillings–is that they are carefully shaded to match the rest of your natural tooth enamel precisely so that no one can ever tell the difference. This might be a benefit for patients who need to fill a highly visible cavity.

Cavities are holes in your tooth that need to be sealed in order to prevent harmful bacteria from entering and causing infection. Tooth-colored fillings fulfill and essential oral health functions in style.

White composite fillings don't require Dr. Harlow or Dr. Lester to prep your tooth as much as silver fillings. Amalgam fillings require a larger space in order to hold the filling in place. Resin fillings are pliable and can be applied to the tooth in layers until they are cured and hardened—at which point they bind with your enamel. This allows your cosmetic dentist to remove less of your natural tooth structure, keeping it secure and healthy. 

The Benefits of Composite Resin

Metal material tends to expand and contract due to changes in temperature, which can increase the risk of the filling becoming loose or falling out. 

Tooth-colored fillings look and feel natural, keep your natural tooth structure intact, and take less time to place. What's not to love?

Call Today to Schedule an Appointment with Us

Call Harlow Dental at Steele Creek or Harlow Dental at 7th Street today to go over your options for filling a cavity, or fixing a smile flaw. 

We look forward to visiting with you!

At Harlow Dental at Steele Creek, we want our patients to feel relaxed and comfortable during every dental procedure—from routine dental cleanings to cosmetic dental treatments. 

The Tooth-Colored Filling Process Is Simple and Reliablewoman with tooth colored fillings in charlotte nc

When it comes to cavities, Dr. Harlow and Dr. Lester take the proper steps to administer a local anesthetic to make sure that your tooth is numb, so you don't feel anything.

Once we've established that you're relaxed and cozy, we'll start by removing any infected or decayed parts of your tooth. Traditional metal or silver fillings typically require that we remove a more significant portion of your tooth, but composite resin's putty-like properties allow us to preserve more of your healthy tooth. 

Once your general dentist is satisfied that there are no harmful agents left behind in the tooth, we start the process of cleaning and sterilizing it. Tooth-colored fillings are applied in thin layers that are cured and hardened before we apply the next one. That way, we give the filling time to bond to the surface of your tooth and be held securely. 

After the area has been cleaned and sterilized, we'll start applying the filling in layers, curing each layer as it is applied. This allows the material to bond with your tooth, holding it in place securely and significantly reducing the risk of the filling falling out later. Once the process is complete, it's secured and bonded. We shade the white filling to match your existing teeth, so once we're done, you won't even be able to tell the difference!

Are You Interested in Scheduling an Appointment?

Has it been a while since your last dental cleaning and exam? Call your Charlotte, NC preventive dentist today so we can put you on our schedule for your next appointment.

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