Artistic Dentistry Has Offered Composite (White) Fillings for Over Thirty Years
(It’s true — fillings don’t have to hurt! Just see what our patients have to say below.)
Reasons for white composite fillings include:
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Teeth that are worn from circumstance such as tooth grinding or use of teeth to open things.
- Patients whose original fillings are decades old often want the option to update their smiles with white composite material, which is more attractive than the dark mercury fillings material.
- Also, patients with a sensitivity to mercury fillings opt to have them removed and replaced with the white composite material.
If you have “shot-phobia” no fear: Dr Pete starts by numbing the gum area with a topical get before administering any shots. In fact, many a dental-phobe has marveled in delight at how uneventful their dental procedure was compared to how they imagined it would be!
Once all the decay is removed, Doc will shape the space to prepare it for the filling. After that, a base or liner may be necessary to protect the pulp where the nerves are. Next, the actual filling is bonded to the tooth. After the filling is placed, Doc will use burs to finish and polish the tooth. A final check is done to ensure the filling is aligned with the rest of your teeth, so your bite feels natural.
After getting a new filling, your tooth could be sensitive to pressure, air, sweet foods, heat or cold. Not to worry, it should only last a week or two. Be sure to let us know if your bite doesn’t feel right afterwards as you may need what’s called a “bite adjustment” after a filling.
Metal vs White Fillings
White fillings have been around since the 1980’s and have become the standard in the industry vs the classic silver (amalgam) filling material for several reasons. They’re considered more attractive than the dark metal fillings. Some patients choose white fillings due to concern about mercury leakage from the amalgam fillings, although the American Dental Association’s position is that silver amalgam is a safe and durable option, as it’s been in use for over 100 years and studies have shown it to be a safe material.
More technical expertise is demanded in the placement of white fillings vs amalgam fillings. The materials chosen by the dentist, as well as strict adherence to the procedure determines the quality and durability of the filling. Amalgam fillings don’t require the same level of technical expertise. Dr. Pete has placed countless white fillings, as he switched primarily to this material in the 1980s when it first became available. Our patients rarely encounter a difficulty with their white fillings and find they last for a very long time.
Some insurers offer less coverage for white fillings than amalgam. If this is a concern, you can discuss both options further with Dr. Pete.
Our Patients Share Their Experiences with Fillings
I travel to St. Louis for the sole purpose of using Dr. Pete’s services. Broken filling, short notice, prompt response, excellent service from whole staff. Rebuild, resurface, repair, reshape old tooth all new. Thank you much.
Dr. Pagano and his team:
I must confess that I was dental phobic. In the past, the fear of making a trip to my dentist’s office was a mental agony and torture for me, and I still have awful memories of painful anesthetic injections that to this day make me feel tense and nervous. This anxiety has been preventing me from seeking dental care for several years. However, the recent visit to your office for my filling has completely changed my outlook, and opened up a whole new dimension and experience for me in terms of visiting a dentist. You and your assistants made an extra effort to make me feel calm and relaxed throughout the procedure. I didn’t feel a single pinch from the needle and I felt comfortable the whole time. Dr. Pagano, you used state-of-the-art technology to remove and replace my old fillings, and I am very satisfied and happy with your work. You were very professional, yet so personable, kind and thoughtful. I really appreciate everyone in the office; you all are so wonderful. Thank you very much for your great team-work; it was such a blessing for me.
Usually the shots they give me right before a filling hurt. I especially hate when you can feel the needle in your cheek. BUT with Dr. Pagano I didn’t feel a thing. Seriously, the way he gives shots makes sure that you don’t feel a thing, and I’m very happy about that because that’s the part that scares me the most. Now even big babies like me don’t have to fear the filling.
Dentist, madman, witch doctor, miracle worker…it could be all of these. Dr. Pagano and his staff at the office are quite amazing. On a routine visit for novocain and two teeth to be drilled and filled something quite odd happened. I found myself with not just the two teeth worked on, but all eleven that needed work. In less time than it would take for a walmart associate to change the oil in your car, the doc and his staff reshaped my mouth for a whole new smile. What a great crew, I was so impressed that I have started damaging my teeth on purpose just to come back in more often and see the results of their fine work.
I had a wonderful treatment with the good Dr. Pagano. There was no pain involved on all of the below treatments:
2 Root Canals
1 Bone Graft
I came in to get a filling and receive the best treatment. I got a root canal that did not hurt and was almost painless. My crown is very pretty and it did not hurt one bit. The whole staff is very kind. I will tell all my friends and family to come here.
Thanks for taking care of this filling so quickly and painlessly. Looks good!