Our white dental fillings provide for a natural-looking smile. Our procedures are more conservative as we only remove the parts of the tooth that are damaged or decayed, and we bond the filling to the healthy tooth structure.
A dental filling is one of the most common dental treatments recommended today, used to treat both tooth decay and minor damage or imperfections. Alexandria dentist Mojgan Mazhari, DDS places dental fillings with a range of materials, depending on your specific oral health needs or cosmetic goals.
White Fillings: What Are the Benefits?
Amalgam, a silver-colored compound made of several metals, has been the most commonly used material in dental fillings for many years due to its economical cost. But this blend of metals, including mercury, can present a health concern for many patients. Although it is considered durable, the soft material can break down over time, raising the risk of additional damage or decay. The dark gray or silver color can also negatively impact the aesthetics of your natural smile, often making you appear more aged.
In most cases, Dr. Mazhari will recommend placing a white, or resin composite dental filling. They provide a durable result that can be made to blend with your natural smile. When placed, composite fillings create a tight seal around the tooth, which greatly reduces the risk of future damage or decay.
Dr. Mazhari can also replace your old, dark fillings to restore your oral health and improve the appearance of your smile.
Inlays and Onlays
If tooth decay is affecting a significant portion of your tooth, we may recommend the use of an inlay or onlay. Also known as a “partial crown”, these two indirect restorations can strengthen and preserve your natural tooth with beautiful results.
Inlays and onlays are typically made from a high quality ceramic material, such as porcelain, for long-lasting results. Dr. Mazhari uses CEREC to create quality inlays and onlays during your visit. This means no return visit to the dentist for the final placement of your restoration. You can leave our office with a healthy smile and a comfortable, natural-looking inlay or onlay that will last for many years with proper dental care.