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The Benefits of Composite Fillings Gainesville, GA
Dental Procedures Gainesville, GA

Fillings are what dentists use to “fill in” an area of decay. It is a simple restorative procedure that can save a damaged tooth and restore its integrity going forward. Depending on your age, the filling you received as a child may not be the same type of filling you are offered as an adult. While amalgam (metal) fillings were widely used in the past, modern dentists offer a more preferred alternative using composite resin. Composite fillings are more commonly called “tooth-colored fillings,” which reveals the main advantage of this type of filling.

To fully appreciate tooth-colored fillings, it is important to understand the drawbacks of amalgam fillings. While the safety of the mercury content in amalgam fillings is often debated, there is proof that silver fillings are not aesthetically pleasing, may corrode teeth and can cause teeth to crack as they expand. In addition, amalgam fillings require the removal of healthy tooth structure in order to be placed.

Modern dentistry offers composite fillings as a means to effectively address all of these amalgam drawbacks. Composite resin is a powdered glass and plastic mixture that is applied in layers and hardened by a special curing light. The filling is then custom-shaped and polished by your dentist. Composite fillings provide a seamless blend within your smile, but the benefits don’t stop at aesthetics.

Gainesville Dental Group prefers composite, tooth-colored fillings due to its following benefits:

  • Strong (more durable than porcelain)
  • Natural, tooth-colored appearance
  • Placed in a single visit
  • Require minimal removal of healthy tooth structure
  • Allow for easy identification of tooth decay nearby
  • Bonds directly to tooth enamel
  • Less expensive than gold

Ready to learn more about tooth-colored fillings? Call Gainesville Dental Group. While we are committed to helping you avoid tooth damage, we proudly offer the most patient-preferred options when restorations are necessary.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

Our Patient Reviews

Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

Opening Hours

Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Our office is open for normal business hours and we are following all ADA/CDC guidelines to ensure staff and patient safety.