Composite Dental Fillings in Santa Teresa, NM!

Composite dental fillings are high-quality and bpa-free, which many patients and dentists prefer over silver fillings. Whether you think you may have a cavity or you know for sure you need an experienced dentist in Santa Teresa to place a filling for you, our team is here to help! Give our office a call or send us a message today, and we’ll find a convenient time for you to come see us.

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Dental Fillings FAQs

There are many reasons why patients opt to use composite fillings over silver ones when their teeth are affected by decay. Common reasons include:

  • Custom Shades— Each filling is custom-made to blend in perfectly with teeth.
  • Long-Lasting— They are durable and can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years.
  • Preserve Tooth Structure— Less of the natural tooth needs to be removed.
  • Safer for Your Smile— Our fillings are mercury-free, unlike traditional amalgam fillings.

Dental fillings tend to be less invasive than dental crowns, so we always prefer to recommend fillings over crowns whenever possible. When the structure of a tooth has been compromised or the tooth does not look the best cosmetically, that is typically when it needs to be reshaped and a dental crown will be placed on top. Treating decay before it gets a chance to spread is always advised over waiting too long, otherwise treatments like root canals and crowns will become necessary over a simple dental filling.

When harmful bacteria attacks a tooth, it can eat away at the outside of the tooth and create small holes, which are cavities. Since teeth cannot heal themselves or grow back, the decayed area must be removed and replaced with a durable dental filling. Cavities are nothing to be ashamed of, and in fact, it is estimated that around 90% of Americans will develop at least one cavity in their lives. Our team will help you avoid cavities as much as possible, but should you ever need a filling placed or replaced, our team would be more than happy to help.