What are fillings?

Fillings are used to treat cavities, repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding). A dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed.

When is a filling recommended?

Aesthetic fillings are performed when teeth have cavities, have color changes, are fractured, worn down, also when one wishes to fill up spaces between teeth or when there is a mispositioned tooth. All this can be fixed by performing aesthetic filling.

Modern fillings

For decades, the standard dental filling was comprised of a mercury-based amalgamation of metals, silver in appearance. These silver fillings do not look natural and also maintain properties of metals conducting temperature easily and may expand and contract under these conditions causing stress in the tooth.

We use modern fillings which blend naturally with your tooth shade and can strengthen the tooth, as opposed to a silver filling. These enamel-colored fillings contain no metal and leave you with a tooth that appears untouched by any dentist.

To schedule an aesthetic fillings consultation at Willett & Patton DDS, call our Columbia, MO office today at (573)445-5300.