Smiles for Life Family Dentistry


For hundreds of years, dental fillings have been used to fill in cavities and repair broken, cracked, and worn teeth. These fillings were usually amalgam or metal fillings. Amalgam is a combination of metals such as silvery, mercury, tin, and copper.

Mercury Fillings are a Sore Subject

Recently, the safety of metal fillings, in particular, has been called into question. Specifically, the toxicity of the mercury content and potential mercury poisoning has provoked questions and discussion. These questions triggered the development of metal-free, tooth-colored fillings!

At Smiles for Life Family Dentistry, all restorations made in our office are metal-free. Although some practices may promote silver-mercury amalgam fillings and metal core crowns, these restorations can appear unsightly and unnatural and have been linked with risks such as allergic reactions to metal, discoloration of the smile, and inflammation.

A Clear Alternative to Metal Fillings

With natural looking composite resin fillings and porcelain crowns, we eliminate the risks and concerns associated with metal restorations. Not only do tooth-colored fillings made of composite resin have an aesthetic advantage, but when made with our advanced bonding techniques, they can last longer, too.

What are Composite Fillings?

A composite tooth filling is typically a combination of powdered glass and acrylic resin. These fillings can be matched to the exact color of your adjacent teeth for a seamless smile that restores your confidence! They reduce the risk of damage to your tooth nerve, prevent tooth loss, and allow for easy brushing and flossing.

  • Affordability: They are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to restore and protect your teeth.
  • Reduced Tooth Sensitivity: Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings do not conduct heat or become heat sensitive.
  • Durability: Since the fillings are bonded directly to your enamel, they strengthen your weakened tooth.
  • Minimally Invasive: Since only a minimal amount of enamel needs to be removed to accommodate a filling compared to a dental crown or similar restoration, you can preserve more of your original tooth structure.

When can Composite Fillings be Used?

Most of the time, composite fillings are used to fill cavities that are caused due to tooth decay, but there are other uses for composite fillings as well. Some of these uses include:

  • Composite fillings can be used to restore the shape of a chipped tooth.
  • Cracked teeth can be protected from further damage with the help of composite fillings.
  • Worn down or broken teeth can be restored using composite fillings.
  • Gaps between teeth can be closed using composite fillings.

If you feel like you might need a composite filling, contact us at Smiles for Life Family Dentistry to set an appointment for a consultation. One of our dentists will be able to guide you after giving you an oral examination.

What is the Procedure for a Composite Dental Filling?

When you visit Smiles For Life Family Dentistry, the right treatment for you will be determined. If you do require a composite filling, the dentist will start by cleaning your teeth thoroughly.

The color of your teeth will be noted, and the shade will be used to make the composite resin to match your teeth exactly. Preparing the tooth involves removing a small amount of enamel and etching it to roughen the surface. The roughened surface of the tooth helps the resin to bond better.

The tooth will be dried completely, and the bonding agent will be applied to it. A blue light is used to activate the bonding agent after which the layers of composite are applied. As the bonding agent and composite harden, they form a strong bond with the tooth.

Longer Lasting Composite Fillings

With our incredible CEREC technology, you can enjoy the benefits of porcelain fillings! CEREC is a state-of-the-art system that creates stunning tooth restorations in a single visit. You can walk in with a cavity and out with a durable, long-lasting filling that completes your natural, radiant smile. No one but your dentist will ever know that the filling is there!

And, if you are in need of a dental crown, our CEREC Porcelain crowns have a significantly higher bond strength compared to traditional lab-made Porcelain/Metal (PFM) crowns that have a metal core. Eliminating metal also eliminates allergic reactions many patients have to the nickel in these restorations which causes discoloration and inflammation.

Smiles for Life Family Dentistry

As your local family dentist in Southwest Las Vegas, we encourage patients to ask questions to learn more about safe dental care for their family.

In our approach to dentistry, we believe patients of all ages should have access to comprehensive, long-lasting solutions for their dental health. With metal-free fillings, we help our patients eliminate doubt and enjoy good dental health! If you would like assistance in setting up an appointment, call us today or schedule online.