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By North Rivers Dental Associates
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings   Damaged Teeth  

How fillings from your dentists in North Charleston, South Carolina can save your smile

Bright White SmileAre you having trouble eating because of damaged teeth? If so, it’s time to shore up your teeth against decay. Today’s dental fillings provide both strength and beauty and can improve and enhance your smile. The dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, South Carolina want to tell you about your options for fillings and how they will give you a great smile.

Dental filling materials have changed a lot in the last few years. In the past, you could only choose less-than-attractive metal. Today, you can choose a filling material known as composite, that will restore the strength of your teeth, and enhance the way your smile looks.

Composite is a unique liquid resin material that can be matched to the color of your teeth, making the filling virtually invisible. Your dentist will place the liquid composite and sculpt it to match the normal contours of your teeth. The liquid composite is then hardened with a high-tech ultraviolet light.

Composite provides a strong support which holds your tooth together. That’s because the composite is chemically and structurally bonded to your tooth surface using a bonding cement. Composite fillings are tooth-colored, so you know that they will blend with your smile, instead of detracting from it.

Let fillings help shore up your teeth against decay. To find out more about dental fillings and what they can do to protect and enhance your smile, call the dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, South Carolina today!

By North Rivers Dental Associates
September 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you dislike old-style metal fillings? While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says amalgam filling material is perfectly safe, fillingsmost people don't want dark fillings to show when they smile. Are there durable alternatives to amalgam that are also unnoticeable? Yes, there are tooth-colored filling materials, and your dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC recommend them as safe, strong, effective and natural-looking. They can be your best choices when tooth decay strikes.

Problems with amalgam fillings

Some people do worry about the mercury content in amalgam fillings, but studies show the material is safe and probably the best choice for very large fillings. However, there are a couple of other worrisome issues associated with metal fillings. The obvious one is their appearance. They're very unattractive, particularly right in the front of the mouth.

The other problem has to do with how much healthy tooth enamel must be removed in order to place amalgam. Another problem is that a metal filling is inflexible and can gradually crack the tooth as the person bites and chews on it.

Restoring with tooth-colored fillings

Realistic white fillings are made from three different materials. Your dentist chooses the correct material depending on the size and location of the tooth to be restored. Materials include:

  1. Composite resin, an inventive mixture of acrylic and glass
  2. Glass ionomer, a blend of tooth-building fluoride and glass
  3. Porcelain, a ceramic used in inlays and onlays which are fillings bonded within or in place of the cusps of a large tooth

Besides the obvious aesthetic benefits, tooth-colored fillings are very durable, and because they are bonded right to remaining healthy enamel, they require far less enamel reduction than their metal counterparts. Finally, these materials flex with the pressures of biting and chewing, creating far fewer chips and fine cracks than amalgam.

Do you need a filling?

If you do, ask about your tooth-colored filling options. The professional staff at North Rivers Dental Associates are highly skilled in the latest techniques in restorative dentistry. Trust their expertise to choose the right option for your best aesthetics and smile longevity. Call the office today if you are concerned about the health of a tooth: (843) 553-7827.

By North Rivers Dental Associates
March 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How fillings from North Charleston can save your smilefillings

Your teeth are the strongest part of your body; tooth enamel is even stronger than bone! Your teeth can still be damaged by decay or trauma, but don’t worry. Your dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC, can help with the latest state-of-the-art filling materials and techniques to give you back your smile.

If you have broken or decayed teeth, it can impair your ability to chew the foods you love. Lack of chewing also impairs your digestion, which affects your health. A whole smile is a healthy smile! You already know if you have damaged or decayed teeth, it dramatically affects your smile and your appearance. A whole smile is an attractive smile!

Modern dental filling procedures are easy, quick, and inexpensive. At North Rivers Dental Associates, you can choose from many different filling materials depending on your preferences and the location of the filling in your mouth. Consider these different types of fillings:

  • Tooth-colored (composite) fillings, which give you a completely natural look. The composite material can be color-matched to your existing teeth, providing a virtually invisible, harmonious smile.
  • Glass ionomer fillings, which can be matched to the color of your existing teeth; these fillings are usually placed near the gumline, in areas where you don’t need chewing strength.
  • Porcelain, which is cosmetically beautiful and light reflective; these fillings look like your natural teeth and are virtually invisible.

With so many choices, it can be difficult to know which filling material is best for you. That’s why your dentists at North Rivers are here to give you advice and help you make the best decision for your unique smile. For more information about fillings and other dental services, call your dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC. Call today!

By North Rivers Dental Associates
December 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  

If you have ever seen a dentist, you have most likely heard of a dental filling. Made from various materials, fillings restore broken, cracked, chipped or decayed teeth. Dental fillings rebuild the tooth, giving it new life and adding stability. North Rivers Dental in North Charleston, SC can help you determine if a filling is right for you.Filling

What is a dental filling? 
Dental fillings restore a tooth damaged by trauma or decay. Special dental tools are used to remove the damaged or decayed part of the tooth. Your dentist will then use a composite resin material to fill the resulting hole. Sealing the tooth prevents bacteria from entering, thus preventing future decay. Though most composite fillings last many years, they may need to be replaced after some time.

Are there different types of dental fillings? 
Your dentist will most likely use a durable composite resin to fill your tooth. This material is tooth-colored, and the most natural looking option. Silver amalgam and gold fillings are a cheaper option but require more drilling. They are also less natural looking, as they have a darker color. Additionally, composite resin is able to bond to the tooth directly using a special bonding light. This option tends to hold up better than silver or gold fillings. It is usually completed in a single visit.

How can a filling restore my tooth to its normal function?
When a tooth is damaged, especially if broken, your bite is usually compromised. This makes chewing less efficient. If the nerve of the tooth is exposed due to trauma or decay, it can be quite painful. This can make eating or speaking more difficult. With the tooth filled, your dentist will shape it into the correct form for your bite. This ensures that your chewing surfaces are effective and comfortable. Larger fillings from procedures like root canals may require a crown.

If you think you could benefit from having a tooth filled, you should consult with your dentist. Please contact North Rivers Dental in North Charleston, SC at (843) 553-7827 for more information.

By North Rivers Dental Associates
November 21, 2014
Category: Dental Health
Tags: fillings   Cavities  

Whether you’ve been told you have a cavity or you’re just interested in finding out more about oral health, you’ve come to the right place. Dental decay is one of the most common oral problems in the world. In 2013, it was reported that approximately 4 billion people worldwide have untreated cavities. So what causes cavities? Can we prevent them, and how do we go about treating them?

Cavities and Oral Health

If you look at the statistic above it seems hard to believe that cavities are actually preventable—but they are! Most oral health issues Cavities and Fillingscan be prevented with proper hygiene and maintenance. Brushing and flossing helps keep that cavity-producing bacteria away, and dental checkups every six months is a must. Early detection of cavities is key to ensuring that your decaying teeth don’t experience more extensive damage.

Untreated Cavities

One of the main issues with tooth decay is that it doesn’t just go away on its own. In fact, if left untreated, it will only get worse. Once it reaches the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth it can spread into your gums and jawbones, causing significant damage in its wake. Once the decay has become this widespread, an extraction may be necessary to protect the rest of your smile.

Cavity Treatment

If we detect a cavity, we’ll want to treat it as soon as possible so it doesn’t progress. First, we’ll use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. Then we’ll use a drill to remove the decaying areas. Once we’ve determined that all the decay has been removed, we will prepare the tooth for the filling. Several types of dental fillings are available; however, we often use composite resin fillings, as they are tooth-colored and impossible to see. The tooth-colored resin will be applied to your tooth in layers. Once this process is finished, we’ll shape the filling and polish it so it looks natural.

Caring for Fillings

You may feel some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off; however, symptoms should be minimal. Remember not to eat or drink anything hot until the anesthesia’s effects have gone away, as you risk being burned. If you experience significant pain or discomfort, call us right away. On average, fillings last about 12 years; however, they could last longer with the proper care. Continue to brush and floss regularly, treat any clenching or teeth grinding problems you may have, and see your dentist every six months for routine checkups to make sure your fillings are still working.

If it’s time for your dental checkup or you think you may have a cavity, then let’s take a look at your smile as soon as possible. Call our office today so we can get you treated right away.