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Mercury Free Fillings

Mercury-Free Dental fillings from Dr. Hughes in Louisville, CO look beautifully natural

Have you had a cavity? You are in good company! At some point in their lives, most people will receive a dental filling to address tooth decay. With treatment at Boulder Valley Dental Center in Louisville, CO, a cavity does not spoil the appearance of your smile. Dr. Tracey Hughes places metal-free dental fillings for safe, aesthetically pleasing results that are also highly durable. Dental fillings are an important treatment for reducing the impact of tooth decay and helping you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.

What is a composite filling?

Although the silver colored amalgam fillings used today contain less mercury than they did years ago, there is still a potential health risk – especially if you have a metal allergy. Over time, amalgam fillings can break down and begin to both “leak” out and allow bacteria in. A new white cavity filling creates a secure seal that is highly effective at preventing future decay or infection.

Are there additional benefits of tooth colored fillings?

Boulder Valley Dental Center is a metal free practice, providing the safest possible care for you and your family. A metal free white tooth filling provides natural looking results while stabilizing the condition of your tooth. Dr. Hughes can replace old, dark, or leaky amalgam fillings for an instant smile makeover. A composite tooth decay filling is very strong, and with good oral habits can last many years.

Are there other uses for the white tooth filling technique?

Composite material may be used as a temporary filling following a root canal procedure, until the final tooth restoration, a porcelain crown, is placed. Dental filling material is also used to repair minor chips and cracks in enamel.

What to expect when getting dental fillings in Louisville, CO?

Getting a dental filling, is a relatively straightforward procedure that produces minimal discomfort. Our team is highly attentive to your needs and makes sure you feel comfortable and relaxed during treatment.

  • Local anesthetic is administered to numb the area.
  • Decay and infection are gently removed from tooth structure.
  • Once the tooth is cleaned and prepared, a composite material or ceramic is sculpted into the space.
  • The filling is permanently cured and bonded in place with a special light.
  • The restoration is polished for a comfortable bite and aesthetically pleasing result.

If decay is in a larger back tooth, Dr. Hughes may recommend an inlay or onlay. These indirect restorations, sometimes called partial crowns, are fabricated at a dental lab rather than made chairside.

There are so many advantages to keeping your smile healthy. It makes sense to address tooth decay with a dental filling as soon as possible to avoid significant damage to the tooth – and the discomfort, inconvenience, and additional expense that goes along with it.

Dr. Hughes is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, a distinction that requires extensive post graduate training in all aspects of general dentistry. She is eager to treat you to the highest standard of care to maintain your smile. Call 303-732-5388 for an appointment at Boulder Valley Dental Center in Louisville, CO. Dr. Hughes serves patients across the Lafayette, Broomfield, and Boulder region.

A Success Story

Natalie B. "Boulder valley dental center is amazing! The staff is very friendly and the facilities are state of the art. My last visit is easily the most comfortable visit I've ever had with a dentist. I can't recommend them enough."
Michael C. "I need to have a lot of dental work done and the ladies at Boulder Valley Dental all work extra hard to make sure their patients are comfortable. They are amazing and I am so happy to have a trustworthy dentist who actually cares. I highly recommend Dr. Hughes and the whole staff at Boulder Valley Dental."
Tyler K. "The most friendly, careful, and thoughtful experience I've ever had at a dentist."
Eric T. "Extremely nice and helpful staff. They do an amazing job of working through your care plan and provide very comprehensive service. They're not afraid to take extra time with their patients to ensure that they are comfortable with their care and treatment and that they understand the decisions being put in front of them. Would recommend them to anyone in need of dental care."
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Dr. Tracey Hughes is a highly sought-after and leading Louisville dentist. At the Boulder Valley Dental Center, Dr. Hughes welcomes her patients as ‘guests.’ She is constantly committed to advancing her skills and knowledge through continuing education initiatives. Having received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology from Buena Vista University in Iowa, she proceeded to obtain her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1998 from the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry. Over the years Dr. Hughes has committed several hours of learning to refine her knowledge and to ensure that she provides her patients with modern dental services. She is only one of less than 1,000 dentists who have earned a Fellowship in Advanced Physiologic Based Dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Technologies (LVI Global). Whether it is general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry or even sleep apnea, reach out to Dr. Hughes today!