Fillings

Dr. Wright is quick to joke how much he dislikes the term “filling”.  In the words of Harold Shavell, DDS  (one of the finest dentists Dr. Wright has ever known):  The definition of restoring a tooth is:  “The utopian reiteration of lost morphotypia”.  In common terms,  make a tooth look and function like it did originally!

We use high-strength resin or porcelain to repair teeth instead of old-fashioned silver mercury fillings. Our white fillings look and feel great while blending in perfectly with your teeth.

Yes-  all dentists do fillings.  What does Dr. Wright do different?

Fillings

  1. We locate cavities while small  (See digital radiographs and Diagnodent)
  2. We treat using minimally invasive dentistry (MID)
  3. We help you create ideal conditions:  we work with you have healthy gums before placing fillings.
  4. All work is done under 5-22x magnification to remove as much decay as possible
  5. If possible,  a device called a rubber dam is used to help keep the tooth dry.
  6. Air abrasion is used to remove decay, minimizing the use of drills and makes a clean surface to bond materials to.  It’s like a small sandblaster, using dust instead of the drill to remove decay.  It provides 50% better bonding strength to tooth structures.
  7. As needed,  medications are used to make your mouth dryer – to ensure materials are placed in a perfectly dry tooth.
  8. High intensity curing lights are used to quickly and thoroughly set the filling material.
  9. Meticulously adjust the bite of the new material.
  10. We work with you to help treat the source of your cavities – to break the chain of dental decay!