Dental Fillings


Dental fillings replace and restore the structure of your tooth when it is damaged due to decay or fracture. Oak Ridge Dental Arts also replaces old, broken-down amalgam/metal fillings with more aesthetic, white fillings (composites or porcelain), restoring your teeth and smile to a more natural appearance.

Modern day advancements reduce the embarrassment of unsightly silver fillings or metal margins used in the past. Today, dentists can eliminate the unsightly dark or black appearance in your teeth with state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.

White Tooth-Colored Fillings

Oak Ridge Dental Arts offers composite or porcelain tooth-colored fillings as an alternative to metal fillings. While many dentists still use amalgam fillings, these older fillings carry several issues that resin fillings don’t have.

What are White Fillings?

A dental fillings consist of restorative materials, like porcelain, resin, or metal, that are used to repair the function, structure, and integrity of a tooth. Today's fillings are typically made of a resilient composite resin. The doctors at Oak Ridge Dental Arts take the time to ensure that your fillings match the exact color of your teeth, producing custom color matched results for a more natural look than older amalgam fillings. If you've received teeth whitening services in the past or have plans to get a teeth whitening treatment, you  needn't worry about by getting white fillings as they will blend in to match your recently whitened teeth. The dentists at Oak Ridge Dental Arts make the filling process very simple and virtually pain free.

How is the Procedure Done?

With the use of blue lights, the resin used in white fillings is cured so it forms a tight bond to your teeth. This bond helps the filling support the structure of your tooth, preventing cracks and fractures. From there, Oak Ridge Dental Arts’s cosmetic dentist shapes and polishes the composite for a comfortable fit that limits deterioration and staining. A clear plastic coating can be placed over the filling to prevent staining from coffee, tea, and other staining beverages and food. Once applied, white tooth fillings are very difficult to notice among your normal teeth.

What are the Advantages of White Fillings?

In addition to aesthetics, there are other benefits to white fillings over metal fillings. The bonding glue used in tooth-colored fillings offers good adhesion which is beneficial in tooth restoration, where as silver fillings often destroy healthy teeth due to the retentive fitting used to hold the filling. With white fillings, your teeth can stay healthier longer because of the following advantages over amalgam fillings:

A natural look that blends better with your teeth.

  • A natural look that blends better with your teeth.
  • A painless installation procedure.
  • Stronger and more durable.

If you love the idea of natural-looking dental fillings and want to know if white fillings are right for you, contact Oak Ridge Dental Arts today. Schedule an appointment for a smile consultation at one of our 6 North Carolina locations. You can trust our experienced dentists to give you the care and quality you deserve.