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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 fillings 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.

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.
  • There are no known health risks associated with the use of composite fillings.

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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 a filling 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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YOUR TREATMENT PLAN

To Our Family of Patients,

After much thought and concern for the health of our patients and team, I would like to share with you my thoughts on how the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States can best be managed at our practice. The key issue is prevention. Social distancing is the best solution at this time to prevent the spread of the virus.

Therefore, in conjunction with the South Carolina Dental Association recommendations, I have decided to close our normal practice operation with the exception of emergency and urgent care situations, through the end of March, 2020. I will be available for you and your family for emergency and urgent needs. Please call my personal cell phone if you have any questions or if you need an office visit. I am here for you.

After we have weathered this storm, we will be here to see that you continue to have the excellent care that you and your families deserve. We thank you for the trust that you place in our practice. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship in the future.

My cell phone number: 843-224-0517

To Your Good Oral and Systemic Health!

- Dr. John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD

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