Dear Patients, 

We are so excited to see your smiling faces! We have missed the conversations, the laughter, and everything about our relationship with you. In your absence, we have been busy! Like every other place you visit, our office will look a little different when you arrive for your next appointment. 

During the week of May 4, we will begin reaching out to those of you who had appointments in the last few weeks which were cancelled. We anticipate resuming patient visits beginning the week of May 11. 

In an effort to kept you and our staff safe, we have implemented some new screening protocols to include checking temperature. We have re-arranged the patient waiting area to allow for significant space between patients as well as staggered scheduling of appointments. We have added filtration systems to our operatories. Upon arrival, you will be given the opportunity to wash your hands and use a specific mouth rinse to reduce bacterial load. Our team will also be dressed a little differently. Behind our masks are the same smiling faces that you have always known. 

As we reach out to you to reschedule lost appointments, please feel free to ask questions or express concerns to our team members. As before we are and will continue to be here to provide the safest, most exceptional dental care. 

All the best, 


Doctors Tal and Leah Wilkins

Dental Fillings

A cavity can impact the look of your smile and the function of affected teeth, which can lead to painful symptoms.

A dental filling can restore the integrity of a compromised tooth and relieve discomfort in a single appointment.

Why you shouldn't wait to have a cavity filled...

Fillings Are a Quick, Easy Way to Preserve Your Natural Tooth

Treatment is virtually painless and immediately beneficial.
Fillings can be placed in a single appointment lasting under one hour. In most cases, there is little to no downtime after treatment.

Several materials can be used to fill a tooth.
You can choose between traditional amalgam, gold, and tooth-colored composite to meet your aesthetic goals and budget. 

Fillings can protect your smile from more widespread damage.
Decay can spread from the outer portion of the tooth to the inner pulp if left untreated. Fillings can prevent the need for more extensive procedures such as root canal therapy.

I Know Amalgam Fillings Are Less Expensive, But Isn’t Mercury Dangerous?

Not necessarily. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), millions of patients worldwide have received traditional amalgam fillings over the past 150 years. Clinical studies in both adults and children over six years of age have found no link between metal fillings and health complications

However, if you are concerned about the dangers of mercury or are allergic to certain metals, your dentist can help you choose a more appropriate material for treatment.

A tooth-colored filling provides long-lasting, natural-looking protection for your tooth after decay is removed.

Receiving a Filling Is Simple

Your dentist will assess the location of your cavity or cavities using high-quality images.

He or she will determine whether root canal therapy is needed or if a filling alone can treat your affected tooth. 

Together with your dentist, you will choose between traditional amalgam, gold, silver, or tooth-colored composite resin for the material of your filling.

After providing you with a local anesthetic, your dentist will remove decay and place the filling over the area of concern.

To ensure a comfortable fit, your dentist will assess your bite before sending you home.

Most patients are fully recovered within hours of their appointment.

Simple, Cost-Effective Protection

A filling is best for cases of mild to moderate decay. If you have decay that extends over one or more cusps (edges) of a tooth, an inlay or onlay may better fit your needs. Extensive damage may require a custom dental crown, which covers the entire visible portion of a tooth for lifelike results.

Treatment for cavities is simple, cost-effective, and can be designed to fit your budget. Avoiding treatment can cause more widespread decay, infection, and even tooth loss. Schedule an appointment today to protect the health of your smile.

Center for Dentistry

At Center of Dentistry, our dentists favor a patient-friendly approach to cosmetic, implant, and comprehensive dentistry. Our highly-trained staff will go the extra mile to make you feel at ease. Our dentists are affiliated with professional organizations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Pankey Institute for Florida

To schedule a visit at our Aiken, SC, dental office, contact us online, or call us at 803-648-9461 today!

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