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Dental fillings have been used to treat millions of patients who have experienced cavities and tooth decay. For generations, dentists used heavy metal filling materials, which were darkly colored and carried potential side effects. Thanks to modern dental advances, patients can now receive a better substitute made of tooth-colored composite resin. This strong, durable material blends with natural tooth enamel to provide patients with a discreet and effective restorative solution. For those seeking a great smile, our Charleston fillings options can bring unexpected and beaming results.

What are tooth colored fillings?

For patients that value the aesthetic appearance of their filling, composite fillings offer a wonderful solution, with the added benefit of preserving more of the tooth’s structure than metal fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are long-lasting and stable, helping to strengthen the teeth while providing a smooth, translucent surface.

Best and most professional dental office I have ever seen. You really feel like you are in a state of the art facility even though the dentist has been there a long time. He's obviously reinvesting in his business and staff.

John W.

What are the benefits of tooth-colored filling?

  • Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, composite restorations do not contain mercury. Although the small amount of mercury present in traditional fillings is generally considered safe, many people still have concerns over potential side effects. Silver amalgam fillings can weaken teeth when they expand or contract due to temperature changes.
  • Compared to traditional methods, dentists do not have to remove as much of your natural tooth structure in order to place a tooth-colored filling.
  • Composite fillings are resistant to changes in temperature and can actually strengthen teeth.
  • Composite fillings actually bond more securely with the tooth's structure than amalgam, leading to a more durable and longer-lasting restoration.
  • Using composite results in less post-treatment pain and sensitivity than traditional fillings.
  • Some of the highest quality fillings Charleston has to offer are composite options, there are no known health risks associated with the use of these material types.

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What can I expect from my treatment?

If Dr. Rink identifies a cavity or area of decay during a routine dental appointment, he may recommend you receive one of our Charleston filling options to prevent further damage and help restore the health of the tooth. Receiving a filling is a safe and relatively short procedure that can provide lasting benefits to your oral health. Your dentist can also perform multiple fillings in a single visit, if necessary.

To begin, Dr. Rink will prepare the tooth by cleaning the affected area and removing any decay. Once all signs of damage or decay are taken care of, the doctor will fill in the missing areas with a tooth-colored composite resin before using a special light to harden the material and bond it to your tooth.

The doctor will precisely shape the material and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable bite. Once your filling is in place, you can benefit from a natural-looking tooth that is both stronger and healthier.

John F. Rink DDS, AAACD

Why choose Dr. Rink in Charleston, SC for dental fillings?

Dr. Rink received his undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, afterwards completing an elite fellowship implant dentistry at The Bowman-Gray School of Medicine. He is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and is a member of the South Carolina Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry and the Charleston Dental Society. Dr. Rink provides stunning restorations and prosthetics in a soothing, spa-like setting.

Luxury amenities include 3D movies, noise canceling headphones, essential oils, warm blankets and towels, and many other little flourishes that set clients instantly at ease when they enter the office. Our office boasts cutting edge technology such as CEREC same-day restorations, cosmetic digital imaging and sedation dentistry. Call us today to schedule a consultation and find out how Dr. Rink can enhance your smile and improve your quality of life.

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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