Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures performed in our Darien, CT family dentist office. A dental filling can serve either a restorative or cosmetic purpose, being used to treat a tooth cavity or to repair a damaged tooth.
Dr. Pereira offers a range of dental filling materials, depending on the size and location of the affected tooth. In most cases, a white resin filling is recommended for both aesthetics and durability.
Dental Fillings: What To Expect
Your procedure may vary based on the size, location and type of tooth filling needed to restore your dental health. Some small fillings can be complete with minimal preparation to the tooth and do not require the use of an anesthetic.
First, Dr. Pereira will prepare the tooth by removing any tooth decay or existing fillings and creating a stable foundation for the new filling. The composite material will be skillfully molded onto the tooth surface to create a comfortable result and cured with a special light.
Resin fillings can be complete in one visit. Porcelain and gold tooth fillings are made in a dental laboratory and cemented into place in our Darien dentist office. This type of filling typically takes two to three appointments. A temporary filling may be placed on the tooth to offer protection in between visits.
Mercury Free Dental Fillings
Dr. Pereira places your overall health at the forefront of your dentistry, and is a mercury free dentist in Darien. He places composite resin or high quality porcelain fillings which offer several key benefits to patients in addition to the natural looking result. The composite material is less sensitive to temperature change and can reduce both tooth sensitivity and protect the remaining tooth structure. Composite resins are also highly durable and less prone to developing cracks which allow bacteria to seep beneath, causing further decay and damage.
Dr. Pereira can replace an old, dark or leaky filling with a white resin filling to improve the aesthetics of your smile and strengthen the affected tooth. If you have dark fillings in the “smile zone”, consider having them replaced with a white filling for a smile makeover that will also support lasting dental health.
Inlays & Onlays
Dr. Pereira may recommend the use of an inlay or onlay for dental fillings being placed on the larger back teeth. This type of dental restoration, also known as a partial crown, offers both durable and aesthetic results. Dr. Pereira uses quality mercury free, ceramic materials for all dental restorations, including inlays and onlays.
The process will require two visits to Dental Arts of Darien, first for impressions and tooth preparation and a subsequent visit for the permanent placement of your inlay or onlay.