Fillings

Fillings

Fillings are used to repair and restore tooth structure that has been compromised by dental caries, or cavities, and are among the most common dental procedures. While fillings are available in nearly any dental office, there are a few notable things that set Synergy Dental apart:

  • NOT doing fillings!  Not what you expect from a dentist?  The fact is, no filling material is as good as your natural enamel.  When decay is detectable on an xray but appears to be isolated to the enamel layer, Dr. Ulm recommends remineralizing at home with a non-fluoride paste.  The problem spot is then re-examined at a later date to ensure it has remained small.  Remineralization is considered successful so long as the cavity doesn’t grow and remains isolated to the enamel.  Our philosophy is no filling is best, whenever possible!
  • We are a Mercury-Free and Mercury-Safe practice, meaning we never use mercury filling material, and Dr. Ulm has been trained extensively to remove mercury fillings safely. Read more about Mercury-Safe Dentistry.
  • Conservative, minimal prep: One of the main tenets of biological dentistry is conservative, minimally invasive treatment, and Dr. Ulm is careful when prepping a tooth for a filling to remove only what is necessary, conserving as much of the healthy enamel as possible.  We never place crowns on teeth that don’t already have them, preferring instead to use simple fillings or biomimetic onlays.  See our Onlays page for more information.
  • Safe, non-toxic materials: We thoroughly research every material we use.  While it is impossible to completely avoid the use of chemicals in restoring compromised teeth, we are educated and informed as to the risks of using filling materials, and take steps to mitigate patient exposure to chemicals in the chair.  It’s not only Dr. Ulm who is aware of these risks – our chairside assistants are carefully trained and informed as well.
  • As painless as it gets:  Dr. Ulm is constantly complimented on his gentle, pain-free injection technique.  The secret? Aside from his own expertise after 17 years of practice, he is willing to wait long enough to allow the topical anesthetic to fully take effect prior to giving the injection, and allows the anesthetic to infiltrate slowly, avoiding tissue damage.
  • Beautiful tooth-colored fillings: Dr. Ulm carefully matches the color of your filling to the color of your tooth, and contours each filling to look as close to your natural tooth as possible. Most of our patients can’t tell which tooth has a filling and which doesn’t!