Dental fillings are a type of restoration most often used to treat cavities or repair broken or cracked teeth. A filling can allow a tooth to regain normal shape and function. At Dr. Linger’s office in Charlotte, NC, we offer tooth filling services to patients in need of an affordable restoration.
Even with daily brushing and flossing, tooth decay can develop. Upon realizing that a cavity has formed, you’ll want to quickly have the decay removed and the tooth filled to prevent the cavity from getting larger.
Following a professional cleaning, X-rays and a review by Dr. Linger, you will then be consulted with on the health of your teeth. Dr. Linger will explain and show you any cavities that he wants to “watch” or suggest having filled. Dr. Linger also uses fillings to repair any cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down over time.
In this photo, Dr. Linger replaced a silver mercury filling with a tooth-colored composite filling.
Over 80% of American Dentists are still using the old Silver-Mercury Amalgam Filling Material. However, we do not offer that material in our office. This is one of the main reasons why patients choose us. Dr. Linger has not used Silver Mercury Amalgam Fillings for over 20 years.
Here are some of the reasons why patients choose Dr. Linger’s Method of Dentistry™ for their fillings procedures:
Dr. Linger uses several choices of dental filling materials that are available. Teeth can be filled with gold; porcelain; or tooth-colored, plastic, and glass materials called composite resin fillings.
Gold fillings – Gold fillings last at least 10 to 15 years, can withstand hard chewing forces, and some patients find gold more pleasing to the eye than silver.
Tooth-colored composite fillings – The biggest advantage to theses fillings are the aesthetics (they look like your teeth), they bond to the tooth structure, and sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared to silver fillings.
Other filling types include porcelain ceramics. Dr. Linger and our staff can discuss all of these available filling types and suggest the best one for your specific need.
In this photo, you can see the amazing difference in the appearance and health of the teeth that Dr. Linger repaired.
Dr. Linger’s Method of Dentistry™ uses minimally invasive restoration of teeth using the Dental Operating Microscope. For this reason, fillings procedures can often be performed without the need for anesthesia.
If anesthesia is needed, Dr. Linger has develop a special method of local anesthesia to make the numbing process as painless as possible. This includes the use of a special gel numbing technique he developed.
Next, the cavity is removed under the microscope using a specialized low noise and vibration dental drill. Developed in Germany, this drill doesn’t use the traditional air driven motor found in most dental drills cause that unmistakable high-pitched noise.
After the decay is removed the tooth is bonded and sealed. Next, using the latest advances in dental composites Dr. Linger places the filling using injection molding. The filling is set immediately with a specialized light. For more information about tooth fillings or our other dental services, or to schedule an appointment with our dentist, contact Dr. Linger’s dental office today.