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Tooth-colored fillings are one of the most popular and effective restorations your St. Peters family dentist, Dr. Amanda Hillis, offers. Made of a realistic composite resin, a white filling seamlessly repairs small to mid-sized cavities with less enamel reduction than old-style metal fillings. Could this innovative service from Hillis Family Dental help you?
What decay does to your teeth
Basically, cavities are holes in your teeth. Caused by acid secreted by bacteria living in plaque and tartar on and between teeth, decay remains the frequent chronic disease among adults and children, says the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research. Untreated, it leads to abscess and tooth loss.
Of course, your family dentist in St. Peters advocates preventive measures, such as brushing, flossing and in-office exams and cleanings to ward off decay. Realistically, however, cavities happen, and when caught early, white fillings restore tooth structure and smile appearance exceptionally well.
White filling options
When Dr. Hillis detects decay, she'll likely recommend a composite resin filling. Composite resin is a mixture of glass particles and acrylic resin. Tooth-colored and durable, it bonds to the prepared tooth, with no need for the extensive undercuts amalgam fillings require.
The dentist removes adds the resin to the tooth in layers, explains the Journal of the American Dental Association, hardening each with a special light and aligning the chewing surface with the opposite arch of teeth. This layering procedure creates a very strong filling.
Advantages of white fillings
There are several benefits to these modern restorations:
- Seamless restoration
- Natural appearance
- Ease of application
Find out more
At your next visit to Hillis Family Dental, ask Dr. Hillis or your hygienist to tell you a bit more about tooth-colored fillings. We are very proud of the high tech services we provide and love educating our patients on how we can best serve their oral health needs. Call the office at (816) 858-2032 to book your next routine check-up and cleaning.