As one of Saratoga Springs leading cosmetic dentist, Dr. Moreau uses only the finest in tooth-colored dental filling material and believes in being as minimally invasive as possible. Dr. Moreau believes in minimally invasive dentistry which is preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible. While typical amalgam filling preparation calls for the removal of healthy tooth structure, composite dental fillings allows Dr. Moreau to remove only the decayed area of the tooth. The composite (white) fillings bond directly to the existing tooth structure and are able to expand and contract like natural teeth making them more resistant to fracture or crack.
If an existing large filling needs replacement, Dr. Moreau may use a white onlay restoration that is first fabricated out of the mouth in the laboratory and then bonded to the existing tooth so as to be preserve natural tooth structure while restoring strength.
Frequently Asked Dental Filling Questions
Why do I need a dental filling?
Composite dental fillings are used to replace an area of dental decay; if the tooth has small chips or breaks; or, when it is used to restore teeth after a root canal procedure.
How do I know if I need a dental filling, onlay or crown?
When Dr. Moreau completes his evaluation of the situation, he will determine what restoration is right for you. In most cases, a composite dental filling is used for minor areas of decay, but if the decay(or filling) involves more that 65% of the tooth chewing surface, Dr. Moreau will recommend an onlay or crown for long term care and support to the tooth.
When should I replace old fillings?
Old fillings should be replaced when they show signs of defectiveness which most frequently means that the margin around the filling has lose its integrity and bacteria is allowed to invade the surrounding tooth structure. Around old amalgam fillings crack lines frequently appear and if left untreated will lead to decay or tooth fracture.
If you suspect you need a dental filling or a replacement, call our Saratoga Springs office at 518-584-6768 or request an appointment online.