Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings Chapel Hill NC

With Composite Dental Fillings, enjoy a more natural-looking smile.

One of the most prevalent chronic health issues is tooth decay. Fortunately, there are techniques to stop it, and if decay cannot be stopped, a dental filling is a low-cost, attractive, and secure alternative. Our fillings at Frederick G. Lehmann, DDS, PA are among the strongest and longest-lasting restorations now available. They are also among the most aesthetically pleasing.

Dental Fillings—The Best Solution for Tooth Restoration

At Frederick G. Lehmann, DDS, PA, we use premium materials, cutting-edge technology, and cutting-edge techniques to build lifelong restorations for our patients. Our objective is to provide outcomes that are virtually invisible. When our patients need restoration, we employ tooth-colored fillings because they:

  • Tooth decay
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth

How do I know if I need a filling?

To ensure long-term function, you should have your teeth assessed for restorative care if you are feeling pain in them. Dr. Lehmann introduces you to the best dental care for your circumstances when you visit for an evaluation. The greatest option for restoring teeth with modest to moderate damage from cavities, chipping, or minor fractures is often fillings.

Cavity Prevention — What can I do to prevent the need for a filling?

The greatest approach to prevent cavities and keep your teeth, gums, and breath healthy is to follow your daily oral hygiene routine. Here are 4 techniques to stop cavities and tooth decay:

  • Come in to our office for a comprehensive oral exam and regular cleanings.
  • Brush after meals and use an antimicrobial mouthwash.
  • Drink more water and cut back on sugary and acidic drinks.
  • Develop the habit of flossing every night.

Dental Fillings—The Process

At Frederick G. Lehmann, DDS, PA, installing composite resin dental fillings is a regular procedure that we perform every day. Here’s how it works:

  • Isolating the tooth from saliva to keep it dry.
  • All dental decay is removed.
  • Tooth is prepped in a conservative manner to accept the new filling.
  • Each layer of composite resin is hardened using a special light.
  • Once the tooth is filled, the composite resin is shaped, resembling a real tooth.
  • The restoration is then smoothed and polished to accommodate your bite.

What’s the difference between a filling and an inlay/onlay?

Up essence, a filling restores the normal architecture of the tooth by filling in a cavity, a hole that has been caused by trauma or decay. Composite resin is shaded when a filling is made from it so that it will naturally meld with the rest of your tooth structure. As a result, the restoration is essentially undetectable.

When a tooth needs more work than a filling but less than a crown, inlays, and onlays are employed. In other words, you might be a great candidate for an inlay or onlay if your tooth lacks enough tooth structure for a filling but isn’t too badly injured to require a crown. We consistently make an effort to move forward in the most cautious way feasible.

What are composite resin fillings and restorations?

The most popular substitute for dental amalgam is composite resin fillings. Because of their hue, they are commonly referred to as “tooth-colored” or “white” fillings. Composite resin fillings are constructed of an acrylic resin type of material that has been strengthened with glass filler powder. To create the final restoration, composite resin is frequently applied in layers and then cured under a safe visible light source. The components’ chemical reaction is accelerated by the light energy, causing the soft substance to solidify and adhere to the tooth. This substance is regarded as secure and has long been the norm in restorative dentistry. Composite resins’ tint (shade) can be altered to closely resemble neighboring teeth. This tooth-colored resin may be molded to mimic a natural tooth and is free of metal. Usually, it’s difficult to determine if a tooth has even been filled!

Composite resin fillings offer a number of benefits. Many patients favor the “white” shade since it can blend in with neighboring teeth. When employing composite material, it is also possible to perform more conservative preparations, allowing the dentist to keep more of the native tooth structure.

  • Benefits of Composite Resin Restorations
  • Preferred white/natural-looking color
  • Better for smaller fillings
  • Preservation of more tooth structure

Fluoride is present in the resin used in tooth-colored restorations, which can help stop decay. Another benefit that supports gum health is that the resin wears like natural teeth and does not need to be placed at the gum line.

What’s wrong with metal/amalgam fillings?

Composite fillings are not only safer and non-toxic but also more cosmetically beautiful. However, some people think that none of these benefits apply to metal fillings. According to some study, amalgam fillings, which are composed of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and other metals, may cause health issues.

Both amalgam and composite materials are regarded as safe and useful for tooth replacement, according to the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs.

With fillings, inlays, and onlays, we may give decaying teeth their best possible appearance and functionality. Dental fillings are a tool we utilize at Frederick G. Lehmann, DDS, PA to help adult and child patients maintain their healthy, attractive teeth and prevent further harm.

High-quality composite fillings produce a gorgeous, healthy smile. Call our clinic now for additional details about our dental fillings! Call the Chapel Hill office at 919-967-9999.

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Dental Anxiety and Phobia


Up to 75% of Americans have some level of dental phobia, and 20% choose not to get their teeth cleaned as a result. We want you to know that our top goal is making you feel safe and at ease while visiting our office. Dental phobias and anxieties can manifest in many different ways, and each person has different fears. Dental anxiety can range from minor to serious, and it frequently manifests as a generalized feeling of fear and dread when anticipating a forthcoming surgery.