Preserve Your Natural Teeth and Support Healthy Oral Development with White Dental Fillings

Even with advanced dental care, cavities are a common problem. In fact, according to the CDC, at least 90% of adults aged 20 or older have had at least one cavity! Luckily, treating cavities isn’t difficult, especially when detected early. Yerger Family Dental recommends white (composite) fillings for a cavity-free yet natural-looking smile.

What are white fillings?

Traditionally, dentists used silver-colored (amalgam) dental fillings to treat cavities. While amalgam fillings are durable, they have safety and aesthetics concerns. White fillings are made from composite resin, the material used for cosmetic dental bonding. Composite resin is biocompatible and can be matched to the color of your natural teeth for a seamless smile.

The simple procedure of cavity treatment

Zoomed Mouth

Is there a more straightforward procedure in dentistry, like cavity filling? Not many. The treatment starts by numbing your gums to minimize discomfort during treatment. Sometimes, an anesthesia shot isn’t necessary when treating minor cavities.

Once you are comfortable, we drill out the decayed part of your tooth and clean it thoroughly to ensure it’s infection-free. Next, we fill out the void left by the cavity with high-grade resin. Then, we reshape your filling and harden it using a curing light. Finally, our dentist checks your bite and makes final adjustments before letting you go.

Pro-tip: Since cavities are painless at first, we recommend regular dental checkups to detect your cavities before they grow bigger, painful, and costly to treat.

Benefits of tooth-colored fillings

White fillings restore your tooth and prevent further cavities in the future. Fillings do this by preventing bacteria from infiltrating the tooth. Composite fillings perform this job better than metal fillings because they can be bonded with the tooth to provide airtight protection.

The other benefits of white fillings include:

  • Conservative โ€” our dental team removes a small portion of your tooth when using tooth-colored fillings.
  • Safety โ€” unlike metal fillings, white fillings remain intact even as temperatures change. Besides, metal-free restorations rarely cause sensitivity or discomfort to patients as with metal fillings. 
  • Aesthetically appealing โ€” white fillings restore your tooth without detracting from your smile.

White fillings in Miles City, Montana

Would you like a cavity-free smile without compromising the aesthetics of your smile? Please call (406) 233-1241 to schedule an appointment with Yerger Family Dental. Drs. Chase Yerger and Diana Stewart offer safe, white fillings to treat cavities while keeping your beautiful smile intact.

 Composite Filling (Posterior)

Post-Operative Instructions for a Composite Filling