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May 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How white fillings from Brookfield can enhance your smilefillings

White fillings are the state-of-the-art way to restore your smile. They are one of the most common procedures in cosmetic dentistry and can provide both strength and beauty to your smile. Dr. Paul Culver in Brookfield, WI, wants to share what white fillings can do to enhance your smile.

In the past, if you needed a filling, your only choice was unsightly metal which did nothing to improve the look of your smile. Now, thanks to an innovative material known as composite, you can restore the functionality of your teeth, and provide a completely natural look.

Composite can be perfectly color-matched to your existing teeth, creating a virtually invisible tooth restoration. Composite also binds sections of your tooth together, creating a strong chewing surface.

White fillings can correct the same problems as metal fillings, including teeth that are:

  • Broken, damaged or decayed
  • Cracked, chipped or worn down

White fillings can also mask undesirable cosmetic issues, including teeth that are:

  • Discolored from medications
  • Stained from tobacco use or coffee

Your white filling treatment begins with the removal of decay and old filling material. Once your tooth is free of decay and diseased tissue, an etching gel is applied which creates small, pore-like openings in your tooth surface to help retain the composite. Next, a bonding agent is applied which creates a strong attachment of the composite to your tooth.

Dr. Culver will select the composite shade which most closely resembles your tooth. He will apply the liquid composite, filling the opening in your tooth and sculpting in natural tooth contours. As a final step, the composite is hardened using a high-tech ultraviolet light.

If you want people to notice the beauty of your smile instead of your metal fillings, it’s time to choose white fillings to restore your smile! It’s time to call Dr. Culver in Brookfield, WI. Call today and get started on your new smile!

September 21, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   fillings  

A beautiful smile makes a great first impression. It shows people you're meeting for the first time that you value your health and your fillingslooks. However, a mouth full of visible amalgam, or metal, fillings can be a distracting reminder that you needed dental work done over the years. That's why Dr. Paul Culver, your dentist in Brookfield, WI, is pleased to offer white fillings - also called porcelain or resin fillings - as a way of treating decay without compromising your appearance. Here's why white fillings are the preferred method of treating cavities at our dental office.


Metal fillings, while efficient, are dark in color and obviously noticeable, especially when placed in a tooth that shows when you smile. Having a white filling means you can smile confidently, knowing your teeth look beautiful and seamless rather than distracting.


Amalgam used to be the "gold standard" for fillings because white fillings weren't as strong or long-lasting, especially on molars. However, dental technology has advanced over time and the structure of white fillings is now comparable to that of amalgam. White fillings from your Brookfield dentist are especially preferable because they fill cavities more efficiently, preserving more of the natural structure of the affected tooth.


For some patients and dentists, there is concern that metal fillings may unnecessarily expose a person to mercury and other metals from which they are made. While the level of these metals is widely considered to be safe, white fillings ensure your total safety; they are made from a composite of plastic and silica (glass) fillers that have no unwanted side effects.

If you need a filling, we encourage you to visit Dr. Culver's dental office in Brookfield, WI. You'll leave our office knowing that your cavity was treated efficiently and thoroughly while keeping your teeth attractive at the same time!