Fillings

Mercury-Free Fillings in Ankeny, IA

Why Do I Need a Filling?

fillingsCavities form when the bacteria living in your mouth feed on particles of sugar and starch and create an enamel-eating acid. This acid demineralizes your tooth enamel, eventually causing holes to form. If left untreated, tooth decay can infect the pulp, requiring root canal therapy or even a tooth extraction. A filling offers a conservative and esthetically pleasing solution for treating cavities and preventing further decay.

What Materials Are Used in Creating a Filling?

Dental fillings used to be made from amalgam, an alloy containing mercury, silver, tin and copper. However, due to health, environmental, and cosmetic concerns, conscientious dental practices Peddicord Family Dental choose to use dental composite resin as the filling material of choice. Composite fillings blend in with your natural teeth and provide a durable, insoluble barrier to protect against further decay.

How Does My Dentist Place a Filling?

First, Dr. Erika Peddicord will remove any decay and clean the area to ensure the continuing health of the tooth. She will then prepare the tooth surface and apply a bonding agent. Finally, she will place the composite resin material and allow it to dry. You now have a filling that blends perfectly with your teeth and helps protect against further decay. Don’t forget to continue caring for your teeth with an at-home dental hygiene regimen and regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings.

Ask Your Dentist About Metal-Free Fillings

If you have a cavity, then a metal-free filling may be the safest, most effective, and most visually appealing solution. To learn about the benefits of metal-free fillings, schedule an appointment with Dr. Erika Peddicord by calling our dental office today at (515) 963-3339. Located in Ankeny, IA, we also serve patients who live in Bondurant, Polk City, Elkhart, Alleman, Cambridge, and all surrounding communities.