Fillings are used to treat cavities, which are decayed portions of the tooth. Dr. Natour removes the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area where the decayed material was removed to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse such as abrasion from brushing, tooth grinding, or gum recession .Dr. Natour only provides tooth- colored restorations (resin composites) due to the overwhelming disadvantages of silver fillings (amalgam). Disadvantages to amalgam fillings are as follows: 1) Very low levels of mercury vapor released by amalgam and have been linked to medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, 2) Amalgam can tarnish over time as it corrodes 3) Placement of amalgam requires removal of some healthy tooth structure and 4) In rare cases, a localized, allergic reaction such as inflammation or rash may occur. Resin Composite fillings are exactly matched to the shade of your original tooth, making the restoration almost invisible.
A favored procedure for minor dental corrections on front (anterior) teeth is also composite bonding- is a quick and affordable way to correct a variety of dental flaws such as minor cracks, discolorations, small gaps, and low bite pressure (caused by short or uneven teeth).If you have any of these dental issues you may be a good candidate for bonding.
After inspecting the tooth in question, Dr. Natour will select a color for the composite resin that most closely matches your tooth. He or she will then roughen the outer layer of your tooth, removing a minimal amount of tooth enamel, and apply a strong adhesive that will help the white-filling adhere to the tooth. Then, Dr. Natour will shape the resin to fill in any cracks or gaps or change the contours of your tooth. Bonding and fillings are performed in a single visit and most insurance companies provide coverage towards these procedures.