Fillings in Gambrills, MD conserve natural teeth structure for the most lifelike appearance, healthy function
Dr. Vickii Bingham-Lester takes a conservative approach to rebuilding teeth. As a proactive dental practice, Bingham-Lester Dentistry partners with patients on oral hygiene techniques and preventive services that keep their natural teeth healthy, strong, and attractive.
If teeth become damaged, she recommends treatments that preserve as much natural structure as possible for the most “toothlike” feel, function, and appearance. Teeth fillings in Gambrills, MD are a safe, metal-free alternative to amalgam fillings that contain mercury. Made from a mix of plastic and powdered glass, composite resin fillings “fill in” holes or areas of decay (cavities) like other types of restorations; however, these tooth-colored fillings have several advantages over other filling materials:
- They can be placed quickly and easily, within a single visit.
- They are natural in appearance – no unsightly silver color here!
- They are safe and biocompatible, friendly to natural tissues.
- Advanced composite resin is durable, and even appropriate for back teeth that bear the brunt of the pressure from chewing and grinding down food.
- Since they conserve a maximum amount of natural tooth structure, there is less risk of fractures that would require additional (and more extensive) treatments in the future.
Additionally, Dr. Bingham-Lester uses sophisticated technologies and tools to help dental materials “settle” in treatment areas quickly and precisely, and to do so in a way that minimizes the common sources of dental fear; for instance, gentle and advanced systems help to reduce the uncomfortable vibrations and other sensations that make many patients wary of dental procedures.
Bingham-Lester Dentistry also offers alternatives to full crowns. If your cavity is too big to be adequately treated with a “simple filling,” she may recommend dental inlays and onlays. Also known as “indirect fillings,” inlays and onlays are made onsite at the Gambrills, MD office using CEREC technology. These restorations are shaped to replace the damaged areas of your teeth. So, they fit to the natural tooth structure similarly to how jigsaw pieces fit together in a puzzle. Inlays are for less extensive cases of decay, whereas onlays treat larger areas but are a more conservative option than full dental crowns (they are called “partial crowns” for this reason).
There are many options available to treat damage, while preserving natural, healthy tooth structure. Call Bingham-Lester Dentistry at 410-885-6522 to schedule an appointment at the Gambrills, MD office.