Composite Fillings

Our dental team will perform a consultation with you to review your current needs with respect to your specific filling needs.

Whether simply for filling a cavity or for cosmetic purposes like a veneer, we will make suggestions based on your direction you give us, remember you are in the drivers seat at River City Dental of Red Wing, MN.   

For many years the only available choices were metals; gold or a mixture or “amalgam” of mercury, silver and other metals. In the past few decades, other materials have been developed for restoring teeth. They are “tooth colored” rather than silver-colored or gold. They include composite resin, glass ionomer and porcelain materials.

There are two types of restorations:

DIRECT RESTORATIONS are fillings placed immediately into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include dental amalgam, glass ionomers, resin ionomers and most composite (resin) fillings. Our dental team will prepare the tooth, place the filling and adjust it during one appointment while making sure you are in total comfort and do not experience any pain during the process.

INDIRECT RESTORATIONS may require two or more visits. They include inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns and bridges fabricated with gold, ceramics or composites. During your first visit, our dental team will prepare the tooth and make an impression of the area to be treated. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which creates the dental restoration (filling). At your next appointment, the dentist will cement the restoration to the prepared tooth and adjust it as needed while keeping you extremely comfortable throughout the process. 

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