Acadian Family Dental
Dr. Perkins & Dr. Driver

Fillings don’t have to ruin your smile. If you have a cavity, you have choices.

Amalgam fillings are a mix of mercury, tin, silver and copper. They are considered the strongest available material to use in your back teeth, where chewing and possibly grinding (bruxism) exert enormous pressure. Amalgam fillings are still the go-to option of many dentists. It is fast, easy and economical.

The American Dental Association and the FDA both say that over 100 years of studies have proven amalgam fillings safe and long-lasting.

Insurance will most likely cover your amalgam fillings.

Some people have raised concerns about the health and safety of amalgams and many consider them unattractive, especially on visible, front teeth.

White, tooth-colored fillings (made from ceramic and plastic compounds) have become increasingly popular and give practically invisible restoration results.

Composite (tooth-colored) fillings were not always considered strong enough to handle the pressure of back teeth, though now, newer materials have improved their durability.

Since they are aesthetically more pleasing, tooth-colored composite material is most often used on front teeth. They form a strong and durable bond and are virtually invisible, assuring you a beautiful smile.

All fillings do eventually require replacement, no matter what type, and the benefit of amalgam fillings is their long life.

The dentist prepares your tooth by removing any decay, and the surface is cleaned and dried. The enamel is roughened, and a conditioning material is applied and dried with pressurized air. The tooth-colored resin is mixed by your dentist and applied to the tooth. The material is hardened into place with the use of a special blue light. The dentist may then shape the material slightly so there are no uneven edges.

A tooth-colored filling looks more natural and is less obvious than an amalgam or gold filling. The tooth-colored filling does not require any special type of care. You should continue to perform good oral hygiene, including brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once daily. The material is strong and lasts for up to 10 years with good oral habits, proper oral hygiene at home and regular dental checkups. When you are considering tooth-colored fillings to restore your teeth, call Acadian Family Dental to learn more about the options available to you.

Before your visit, contact your insurance provider to ensure that they cover composite fillings. While many companies have realized the benefits that tooth-colored fillings provide to dental patients’ self-esteem and dental care, some still do not cover composite fillings in all areas of the mouth. The front-most teeth are normally covered; however, some patients might have to pay out-of-pocket for composites used on their rear teeth.

Acadian Dental Can Restore Your Teeth with Dental Fillings
Dental fillings can help your teeth become functional again and restore their appearance after the removal of a cavity. Acadian Dental in Houston, Texas, offers both amalgam and composite fillings. We will help you determine which type of filling is best for your teeth. We can remove your problematic cavity and place the filling you have chosen. We will also help you with any care that may be required afterward.

At Acadian Dental in Houston, TX, we strive to be your go-to provider for forms of general dentistry, including tooth-colored fillings, dental implants and more, to give you the appearance and confidence you deserve.

Besides providing tooth-colored dental filling to patients in Northwest Houston, TX, and the surrounding areas, we also offer the following cosmetic dentistry services: teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and Botox & Juvederm.

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