Preserve Your Smile With Our Stone Mountain Tooth Filling Options

Stats Image About a quarter of adults have untreated cavities. Source.
Blankenship Family Dentistry recommends routine checkups twice a year to help prevent tooth decay and disease. Sometimes, however, cavities can sneak up on us. Dr. Blankenship and Dr. Jordan offer tooth filling options in Stone Mountain to restore your teeth and keep your smile healthy and bright. Fillings will:

  • Stop the effects of decay and prevent further problems
  • Improve the look of your smile
  • Make biting and chewing more comfortable

Call us at 770-766-8995 today if you think you may need a filling. If you’re nervous about treatment, sedation and longer appointments are available to help you relax.

Get Natural-Looking Tooth Repair With Composite Fillings

Although we occasionally place metal fillings in our office, almost all of our dental fillings are made from tooth-colored composite resin. There are several good reasons why:

  • Composite fillings are designed to blend in beautifully without drawing attention to a silver spot in your mouth. Their color can be customized to closely match your other teeth, so most of the time they are hardly noticeable.
  • Unlike silver fillings, composite fillings bond directly with your tooth. Less drilling is needed to prepare the tooth for the filling, so more of your natural tooth will be preserved. This results in a stronger tooth than a silver amalgam filling can provide.
  • Composite fillings are composed of plastic and tiny glass particles – there’s no metal involved. Some of our patients don’t like the idea of having mercury in their mouths. With beautiful composite fillings, that concern is eliminated.

Treat Larger Cavities With Inlays & Onlays

Sometimes tooth decay requires more repair than a filling, but the tooth doesn’t need a complete crown. That’s where dental inlays and onlays come in:

  • Inlays are bonded to the biting surface of your tooth inside the cusps (tips).
  • Onlays extend onto the sides of the tooth.

These custom restorations are crafted from sturdy, beautiful porcelain to stop decay and strengthen your tooth. We’ll take impressions of your teeth so that our lab partner can fabricate your new restoration.

If you think you have a cavity and need tooth filling options in Stone Mountain, call us today at 770-766-8995. We’ll be glad to help!

Common Questions About Tooth Filling Options

What are white tooth fillings made of?

White tooth fillings are made of composite resin, a blend of ceramic and plastic. Unlike amalgam fillings, which are made of a blend of metals, they can be matched to the color of your other teeth so they aren’t noticeable in your smile. They also cause fewer allergy issues than amalgam.

What tooth fillings are safe?

Opinions vary widely on which fillings are safe and which are not. Some dental professionals feel that traditional amalgam (silver) fillings should be avoided because of the mercury they contain. However, the ADA and FDA believe they are safe and pose no threat to your health. We place mostly non-metal composite fillings that are made up of tiny particles of glass and plastic.

When do tooth fillings need to be replaced?

Tooth fillings can be made from a variety of different materials. At Blankenship Family Dentistry, we use mostly tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin. Not only will they last an average of five to seven years, but they also blend in beautifully with the rest of your teeth; they won’t stand out like metal fillings.