White Fillings in Gasport, NY
Our goal is your complete dental health, and we’ll work hard to keep your teeth strong and free from decay. Occasionally, however, cavities may still happen. If you need a filling, Lockport dentist Dr. Kaplansky will gently repair your tooth using composite resin, restoring it to full health and function.
Why Do I Need a Filling?
Cavities, also called dental caries, are holes that form in the tooth’s enamel. These holes are caused by bacteria that occur naturally in the mouth. Acidic waste products formed by these bacteria eat away at the enamel of your teeth.
Proper brushing and flossing can help prevent decay of the enamel; however, once the decay has started, the body is unable to repair enamel on its own. If the hole in the tooth is not filled and repaired by a dentist, the decay can spread and lead to more serious issues.
What Is a Filling?
Fillings are used to repair cavities. If you have a cavity, Dr. Kaplansky will remove the decayed portion of your tooth, thoroughly clean and disinfect the area, and then fill the cavity with composite resin material. He then polishes the area to shape it to the contours of your tooth and to make it look natural. Filling a cavity reinforces the tooth’s structure and improves its appearance.
Why We Use White Fillings
Fillings can be made from several different types of material. Metal and amalgam fillings have been used to fill cavities for years. Metal and amalgam fillings are effective, but they also appear unnatural, creating a visible dark spot that contrasts with the white of your tooth.
While this type of filling has been safely used for years and has been shown to be safe in studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Public Health, some patients remain concerned about the mercury content in amalgam fillings, and we understand and respect that concern.
At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we only use white fillings made from composite resin to fill cavities. Composite resin is a strong, tooth-colored material that blends in perfectly with your own natural enamel.
Some patients wonder if they should have old amalgam fillings removed and replaced with newer tooth-colored fillings. We do not advocate drilling out the old fillings unless they are defective. If you are concerned about your older fillings, you are welcome to give us a call and we will provide our professional recommendation.
What Is Bonding?
In addition to repairing damage caused by cavities, composite resin can also be used for bonding. In this procedure, Dr. Kaplansky applies a soft composite resin material to the tooth and then shapes and trims it. Once it sets, it hardens and bonds with the tooth’s enamel. Dental bonding can be used to:
- Reshape broken or cracked teeth
- Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Lengthen teeth that are short or worn
Call Us Today!
Make your appointment with Dr. Kaplansky today! Call us at 716-772-7500 to schedule a personal consultation. We’re proud to offer comprehensive family dentistry to Lockport, Medina, and Middleport residents.