Tooth Fillings

Keep Your Smile Looking Healthy
  • Restore teeth without metal
  • Match fillings to your natural tooth color
  • Save 20% with our LakeCrest Dental Wellness Plan

Repair Decayed Teeth With Tooth Fillings in Sand Springs

Stats Image About a quarter of adults have untreated cavities. Source.
Cavities are fairly common, so tooth fillings are too. Since Dr. Patten places so many fillings, we want them to look as natural as possible. That’s why we use composite instead of metal (amalgam) for our tooth fillings in Sand Springs.

While not standing out in your smile is a big benefit, it isn’t the only one. Non-metal fillings also:

  • Require Less Drilling – You’ll retain more of your tooth structure with composite fillings. They also strengthen your tooth and help prevent breakage. Since metal fillings expand and contract over time, your teeth can develop small cracks that allow bacteria to get in and cause more damage.
  • Can Be Repaired – Damaged metal fillings will likely need to be replaced. In contrast, we can easily mend a composite filling.
  • Pose No Long-Term Health Risks – Research isn’t conclusive concerning possible health issues associated with mercury in metal fillings. Still, we think it’s a good idea to avoid mercury in dental restorations whenever possible.

If you have a toothache and think you might have a cavity, call LakeCrest Dental at 918-205-4386. You can save 20 percent on the cost of treating tooth decay by signing up for our LakeCrest Dental Wellness Plan.

You May Need Another Type of Dental Restoration to Fix Your Cavity

Dental fillings aren’t the only restoration we use for cavities. We may suggest another dental restoration instead of a composite filling for you, depending on the size of your cavity, where it’s located in your mouth, and other factors. Other options include:

  • Dental Crown – Since they completely cover your teeth, crowns are a better choice for very large cavities or if your teeth are structurally compromised.
  • Inlay – If a cavity is too large for a filling but not large enough for a crown, we may use an inlay to make the repair.
  • Onlay – Similar to an inlay, an onlay covers the top of your tooth and may cover part of the sides. It’s a bit larger than an inlay.

Your dentist will determine whether Sand Springs tooth fillings are the right fix for your smile. Call LakeCrest Dental at 918-205-4386 or schedule online. Our office is located at 24 E 34th St. S, in the 74063 ZIP code.

Common Questions About Tooth Fillings

What are white tooth fillings made out of?

White tooth fillings are made of composite resin, a blend of ceramic and plastic. Unlike amalgam fillings, which are made of a blend of metals, they can be matched to the color of your other teeth so they aren’t noticeable in your smile. They also cause fewer allergy issues than amalgam.

Can tooth fillings cause health problems?

All dental fillings are safe for most patients. However, some studies have raised concerns about the long-term health impact of mercury, which is used in amalgam fillings. Both the FDA and the American Dental Association say mercury in fillings is safe. However, mercury isn’t a concern at all with our composite fillings.

How often should tooth fillings be replaced?

The life of fillings will vary, depending on their location and your oral hygiene, among other factors. A composite filling typically lasts from five to 10 years. No filling is designed to last a lifetime. You can maximize the life span of any filling by brushing and flossing every day and visiting us at least twice a year for professional cleanings.