Smiles Dental Center offers affordable cavity fillings to repair teeth and restore healthy smiles in Lawrence and the surrounding communities.
Never let a cavity keep you from smiling with confidence! Smiles Dental Center offers silver and tooth-colored fillings as part of our restorative dentistry services. You can trust our experienced doctors and gentle dental team to provide you with the best dental care for lasting smiles! We provide fillings for patients of all ages and stages of care at our family-friendly Lawrence dental practice.
A silver cavity filling is made from a material called dental amalgam. The amalgam consists of many durable metals for a long-lasting restoration, including silver, tin, copper, and elemental mercury. Silver fillings are recommended for repairing the back teeth because they are durable enough to withstand chewing pressures for many years.
Yes, silver fillings are safe. The dental amalgam used in silver fillings is a safe, stable, and widely used material. The American Dental Association, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization agree that dental amalgam is a safe and effective for repairing cavities.
A tooth-colored fillings is made from a material called composite resin. The resin is metal-free and consists of plastic and glass particles, meaning that it can be shared to match your surrounding tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are also known as white fillings for how well they blend into your smile. This type of filling is recommended for repairing the visible teeth as it won’t impact the aesthetics of your smile. It’s also used to repair cracks, chips, and misshapen teeth for a more attractive appearance.
The lifespan of your filling depends on the type of restoration you choose. Silver fillings typically last 10-15 years, while tooth-colored fillings can be expected to last around 5-10 years. Both types of fillings will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. However, you can extend the lifespan of your restoration by practicing good dental hygiene and attending regular checkups and cleanings.
Be sure to practice good at-home oral hygiene as recommended by your dentist. Brush your teeth twice and floss daily to keep your teeth free of cavity-causing bacteria. You can also use mouth rinse to control plaque build-up.
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Yes, we do! Smiles Dental Center welcomes new and returning patients on a walk-in basis. We will do everything we can to see you as promptly as scheduling permits. If you experience a dental emergency or injury, be sure to call us right away. Emergency appointments are available now!
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Since 2003, Smiles Dental Center has provided gentle, expert dentistry to our friends and neighbors of the Lawrence community. Dr. James Katib and his associates will make you and your whole family comfortable visiting the dentist! We are a caring, family-friendly dental practice. Our team speaks English and Spanish to serve the diverse needs of our community.