Never needing a dental filling is the ideal that we strive for. You can prevent the need for dental fillings by brushing and flossing daily and visiting Dr. Trinkner regularly for professional teeth cleaning and exam. Many cavities form between teeth, so it is important to visit the dentist to remove plaque and tartar from the hard to reach places. Dr. Trinkner may also use dental sealants to prevent tooth decay in children and adults.
For our patients who do need dental fillings, Dr. Trinkner offers a range of options. Our goal is always to provide the patient with the most conservative treatment available. This means the minimal preparation of teeth with special ultrasonic instruments and the use of highly esthetic materials such as resin and porcelain.
About Dental Fillings
A dental filling is used to repair teeth that are decayed, worn or damaged. Dental fillings restore strength and beauty to the tooth and help protect the tooth from future damage. There are many choices in material for dental fillings. In our Columbia, SC dental office, Dr. Trinkner usually prefers to use a metal-free dental filling material for the most natural looking restoration. This type of filling is color matched to your smile for an aesthetically pleasing result and can be used to replace old, dark fillings for an instant smile makeover.
Resin Dental Fillings (Tooth Bonding)
Resin dental fillings are ideal for patients who have minimal tooth decay or minor cosmetic problems. Dr. Trinkner will apply a tooth-colored resin directly to the tooth and sculpt it into form for an invisible restoration. In most cases, tooth bonding procedures are complete in a single visit. Resin dental fillings can be very durable when properly cared for, but do not last as long as a porcelain filling.
Porcelain Dental Fillings
Porcelain dental fillings may also be called inlays, onlays or partial crowns. A porcelain filling is well suited for those who have more significant damage or tooth decay. Dr. Trinkner will take an impression of the tooth and create a model for the laboratory where the porcelain inlay/onlay will be fabricated. When properly cared for, dental fillings can last for many years.